What's NewMay was Foster Care Awareness Month
May was National Foster Care Month, set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth residing in foster care. The Pupil Services-Foster Youth Achievement Program (FYAP) hosted the following events throughout May:
On May 3, 2018, FYAP sponsored its 2nd Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day. The 212 students who currently participate in FYAP's Leadership Council were invited to shadow LAUSD employees who work within various career fields. This event provided foster youth with a unique hands-on and interactive experience that broadened their horizons to prepare them to participate in the 21st century workforce.
On May 10, 2018 from 9am-2pm, FYAP hosted a bake sale fundraiser to support the educational and socio-emotional needs of the 7,204 LAUSD youth in foster care.
Lastly, on May 23, 2018, FYAP hosted its annual Pathways to College Celebration. The hard work and resiliency of our graduating seniors who are pursuing higher education was celebrated with a tour of Loyola Marymount University, followed by team-building activities, lunch, and inspiring speeches from former foster youth. Each student received a new backpack filled with school supplies, and had the opportunity to win gift cards, lap top computers, and other exciting prizes in raffles that were held throughout the day.
FYAP invites our LAUSD colleagues to join us in recognizing that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of our district's youth residing in foster care, and providing them with opportunities to reach their full potential!
Foster Youth Achievement Program at (213) 241-3552.
For questions or additional information, please contact:
Spring Attendance Awareness Week
With the leadership and hard work of the entire Pupil Services family, L.A. Unified’s first Spring Attendance Awareness Week was held from March 19-23, 2018. To support the District's goal of 100% attendance, schools across the District participated in a variety of activities to promote attendance, such as home visits, personalized phone calls, attendance promotion events and community canvassing. In a true collaborative effort, all Pupil Services programs and staff integrated their support, expertise and passion to lead this effort. Various Attendance Awareness Week activities were promoted on the District's social media outlets. Click on one of the following links to view pictures of the various activities on LAUSD's Twitter feed or Facebook page.
Attendance Barrier Removed for New Mothers
Riley High School, in Local District South, and The Honest Company collaborated to encourage breastfeeding mothers to attend school. For the last 8 years, the company hosted events that acknowledge graduating seniors as well as provided baby items that Leslie Prieto, Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselor, has been able to use throughout the year as incentives to encourage students to come to school every day. Since April 2017, The Honest Company, along with assistance from the Non–Profit Organization, Baby 2 Baby, worked with Linda Roussel, Riley’s Principal and Ms. Prieto to put a plan into action to renovate Riley's lactation room into "The Mom's Room.”
Throughout the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, The Honest Company was able create a space that provides a comfortable and private lactation room that would allow students to pump while at school once returning after the birth of their children. This new space not only provides the necessities to make pumping at school easier, it also encourages these young mothers to return to school regularly without having to worry about providing for their babies. Students are encouraged to use the room space to pump regularly throughout the school day with the peace of mind that they have a safe place for storage of their milk until they return home to their children. Since the grand opening of the room on December 1, 2017, Ms. Prieto has seen a decrease of chronic absenteeism by 4.8%. The need to continue nursing while attending school is no longer a barrier. Bravo to Linda Roussel and Leslie Prieto for a job well done in removing a barrier that has affected the attendance of young mothers!
Operation School Bell (OSB) Prom Event
The Homeless Education and Foster Youth Achievement Programs, in partnership with Operation School Bell (OSB) on Wheels, are excited to present their annual OSB PROM Event (for homeless and foster youth juniors and seniors). Download the OSB PROM Event flyer, with pertinent details. Please begin reaching out to your homeless and foster youth juniors and seniors, at your school sites, that may be interested in attending this event.
If you are interested in referring students to the OSB PROM event, please contact the Homeless Education District Counselor in your Local District (listed on flyer) who will in turn email you all of the documents needed for event participation.
Referrals are being accepted from Monday, January 29, 2018 - Friday, March 2, 2018. Keep in mind, any homeless or foster youth students being referred to OSB Prom must be identified as such within their programs (i.e. homeless students must have a current SRQ on file for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as being identified as homeless in MiSiS). Please note that appointments for the OSB PROM event will be assigned to counselors on a first-come, first-served basis, as completed documentation is received.
Homeless Education Program 2017-2018 Tux Event
The Homeless Education Program is excited to present their annual TUX Event. Download the TUX Event flyer, with pertinent details. Please begin to identify graduating seniors at your school sites who are interested in attending prom and would benefit from this excellent resource. If you would like to refer a student who is currently experiencing homelessness, please contact Laura Ewing or Jaime Corral, Homeless Education Program Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors.
- Laura Ewing, PSAC (213) 330-9156 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jaime Corral, PSAC (213) 202-7512 Email: email@example.com
Referrals are being accepted from Friday, February 9th, 2018 - Friday, March 2, 2018. Please make sure that all students referred have a current Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) on file with the Homeless Education Program AND are identified as "Homeless" in MiSiS.
If you have any questions, please contact your Homeless Education District Counselor or the Homeless Education Program at (213) 202-7581.
Pupil Services attends the Annual Kingdom Parade
The 33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade was held on Monday, January 15, 2018 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King's 89th Birthday. Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Pupil Services staff, Ms. Jessica Gonzalez and Ms. Karen Duarte Bustos, joined LAUSD's Beyond the Bell All District Marching Band at the parade to show their support for student attendance. As the All District Marching Band proudly marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles, Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. Duarte Bustos distributed flyers to parade attendees to showcase the District's new Attendance Campaign, "I Rise. I Attend. I Matter." The flyers provided the opportunity to highlight to the broader community the importance of student attendance and L.A. Unified's commitment to 100% attendance.
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