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County to Open New Community Center For Current and Former Foster Youth

 

WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara will celebrate the Grand Opening of The Hub, a youth-led and organized community center dedicated to supporting current and former foster youth ages 15 to 24. The Hub will provide a welcoming place where foster youth develop a sense of belonging and empowerment, through a variety of individual support services and resources provided by the County, Family & Children Services Independent Living Program, their own peers and community members, as well as opportunities for leadership and community involvement and development.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency
Family & Children Services
California Connected by 25 Initiative
Representatives of VOICES (Voice our Independent Choices for Emancipation Support)
Current and Former Foster Youth
Representatives from community-based organizations

WHEN:
Friday, September 30, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:
The Hub, 2248 North First Street, San José

WHY:
Over 55,000 foster youth in California emancipate or “age-out” of the foster care system and its support on their 18th birthday. By the age of 19, only 57 percent of emancipated foster youth have received a high school diploma or a GED, and less than 5 percent of former foster youth graduate from college. In Santa Clara County there are approximately 1,000 youth in foster care with more than 25 percent of them being 16 years or older. Every year, about 125 age out of the system and are unprepared to face adulthood overnight.

Santa Clara County Social Services Agency and Family & Children Services Independent Living Program, in collaboration with the nationally recognized program for transitional youth VOICES (Voice our Independent Choices for Emancipation Support) , have given eight former foster youth the opportunity to be the founding members and leaders of The Hub. The Hub will connect foster youth with more than 15 co-located county staff and community members who will provide resources for housing, education, employment and wellness, as well as drop-in and appointment services.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and tour the facility. To attend The Hub Grand Opening and tours, RSVP by Tuesday, September 27, 2011, by registering at www.bit.ly/santaclarahub

Media Contact: Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Nicole Huff, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750.
Posted: September 22, 2011