Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

County Foster Youth Celebrate Accomplishments at 2nd Annual Graduation Event

Monday, Jul 8, 2019

More than 70 Current and Former Foster Youth are honored for Achieving Educational Milestone

More than 70 Santa Clara County current and former foster youth were honored in June 2019 for graduating from High School, obtaining a GED, earning a Vocational Program Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor and/or Master’s Degree in the 2018-2019 academic year.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the amazing educational achievements of our foster youth,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Children, Seniors and Families committee. “It truly takes a village of individuals, families and communities to work together to ensure our foster youth’s emotional and educational needs are met.”

Foster youth were treated to a special night at Levi’s stadium that included an awards ceremony and dinner. The celebration was hosted by the County’s Department of Family and Children’s Services, (DFCS), Child Advocates of Silicon Valley (CASA), the Bill Wilson Center (BWC), Pivotal, and the San Francisco 49ers. 

Molly, pictured above with 49er players, graduated this year with her Bachelors from SJSU.  She was a foster youth, is a mom and last year participated in the Summer Intern and Earn program in the DFCS Director’s Office.  Molly has aspirations in obtaining her Master’s degree.  Molly had a Child Advocates’ CASA when she was 15.  DFCS Director Francesca LeRúe said Molly is a beaming example of how important quality services and having a circle of support can mean to a foster youth.  

Current foster youth graduating from high school, and continuing to higher education, were eligible to apply for a DFCS Scholarship. Four $1,000 DFCS Scholarships were awarded at the event.

FACTS ABOUT FOSTER YOUTH FROM DFCS:

Foster youth face unique challenges that don’t always impact non-foster youth. When it comes to achieving a high school education, the numbers are troubling, about 30% of foster youth in the United States never graduate high school. For those without stable homes, it can be a struggle to make it to class and stay focused on their studies. Despite these obstacles to educational attainment, foster youth express a desire to achieve higher levels of education.

  • As of April 2019, there are 1095 foster youth in Santa Clara County.
  • In June 2019, 53 foster youth will graduate from high school in Santa Clara County.
  • In June 2019, 25 foster youth will graduate from higher education in Santa Clara County (AA and     

      BA)

  • In 2019, 176 foster youth participated in the County Intern & Earn program.
  • In SCC, from 2014 – 2018, more than 80% of our foster youth completed their high school    

       requirements.

  • Nationally, only 71% of foster youth receive a high school diploma by the age 19.

       thank you for all you do, and ask that you please extend my gratitude to your team.  I am      

       honored to work a long side such wonderful people.

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