John Burton Advocates for Youth

aka JBAY   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.jbay.org

Mission

John Burton Advocates for Youth improves the quality of life for youth in California who have been in foster care or homeless by advocating for better laws, training communities to strengthen local practices and conducting research to inform policy solutions.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Amy Lemley

Main address

235 Montgomery Street, Suite 1142

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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Formerly known as

John Burton Foundation

EIN

81-2600695

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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John Burton Advocates for Youth improves the quality of life for youth in California who have been in foster care or homeless by advocating for better laws, training communities to strengthen local practices and conducting research to inform policy solutions. It was founded in 2005 by progressive champion John Burton, a former member of Congress, the California State Assembly and President Pro Tem of the California State Senate. John Burton Advocates for Youth works in three areas: education, housing and health.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Burton Book Fund

The Burton Book Fund is a program that was created to help foster youth attending college in California purchase the textbooks for classes that are essential for their academic success.

Population(s) Served
Adults

COVID-19 poses a special risk to students with experience in foster care transitioning to and through college in California. In response to this crisis, several California College Pathways funding partners have collaborated with Together We Rise and John Burton Advocates for Youth to create a COVID-19 Safety Net Fund to ensure programs have immediate access to flexible resources to quickly address a wide range of challenges that could potentially threaten a foster youth’s ability to transition to and through college.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Beyond the Safety Net is a two-year initiative led by JBAY with the goal of transforming housing providers serving current and former foster and probation youth and homeless youth, into college success programs. JBAY provides technical assistance; training; opportunities for peer learning and collaboration with the post-secondary education sector; practice tools tailored to meet the needs of programs serving current and former transition-aged homeless youth; and access to an exciting new evidence-based technological tool, Persistence Plus.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

JBAY works to reduce homelessness among current and former foster youth in California through training, technical assistance, and advocacy to improve access to two vital programs: THP-NMD, which provides supportive housing to youth age 18 to 21 who are in foster care; and THP-Plus, which provides 24 months of supportive housing to former foster youth, age 18 to 24.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

JBAY successfully advocated for the passage of Assembly Bill 12 (AB12), which expanded foster care from age 18 to age 21 in 2010. Since then, JBAY has sponsored additional legislation to improve and expand access to the program. JBAY continues to ensure that extended foster care remains implemented as intended through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

JBAY partners with a number of organizations on a collective impact campaign led by National Center for Youth Law to promote evidence-informed strategies that reduce unintended pregnancies and remove institutional barriers to sexual and reproductive health education and services. JBAY’s work on this project includes policy advocacy for systems change at the state level, and increasing access to sexual health education at the local level. JBAY also maintains a webpage on Senate Bill 89, the California Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

JBAY is a member of the Step Up Coalition and is co-sponsoring legislation to ensure that California’s child welfare system is child-centered and responsive to the needs and circumstances of the families stepping up to care for children in foster care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

JBAY provides training and technical assistance to child welfare stakeholders, college campuses and others supporting current and former foster youth in applying for CalFresh, California’s food stamp program.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

JBAY is partnering with community partners to raise awareness about the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and encouraging trusted adults to support transition age youth with filing taxes and claiming the tax credits they are eligible for.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

JBAY is partnering with the California Opportunity Youth Network to improve employment outcomes for systems-involved youth, including those who have been involved with the foster care and justice systems and those experiencing homelessness.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We help foster youth across the state achieve their higher education goals and move on to fulfilling careers by engaging institutions to work together, sharing best practices, and advocating for policies that support foster youth in higher education. We aim to reduce homelessness among current and former foster youth in California by constantly working to improve access to safe, affordable and supportive housing through the development of policy and technical assistance. We work through advocacy, collaboration and training to ensure that all foster youth in care have access to the necessary physical and mental health services that are vital to their well-being and success.

John Burton Advocates for Youth works to improve the rate of college enrollment, retention and degree completion among current and former foster youth through a variety of strategies:

INCREASE ACCESS TO LAPTOPS FOR YOUTH AFFECTED BY COVID-19 RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES
Many foster youth do not have access to a laptop or computer during the COVID-19 lockdown. With California moving all classes online, thousands of foster youth are in danger of being forced to drop out of college. John Burton Advocates for Youth is working with iFoster to provide laptops, and internet access, at no charge to foster youth in college.

INCREASE ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID FOR FOSTER YOUTH
The California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge, launched by John Burton Advocates for Youth in collaboration with the California Department of Education in the fall of 2017, is a statewide campaign to increase the number of foster youth who are prepared for success as they matriculate from high school into college by ensuring that foster youth are accessing financial aid. Counties around the state are taking the challenge!

DEVELOP CAMPUS SUPPORT PROGRAMS
John Burton Advocates for Youth works with community colleges, California State Universities and University of California campuses to establish special programs on their campuses to serve current and former foster youth. Specifically, the organization trains campus personnel on the core elements of successful campus support programs, including how to structure services for students, how to use data to improve program outcomes, how to build support for the program among faculty and administration and how to attract direct investment from the university or college into the program. Follow this link to visit our website dedicated to improve college outcomes for foster youth, which includes a searchable statewide database of campus support programs in California.

REMOVE POLICY BARRIERS TO COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT
John Burton Advocates for Youth works with the state legislature to pass legislation that improves outcomes for foster youth. Key legislative victories include the creation of publicly funded campus support programs (SB 1023), the creation of priority registration for foster youth (SB 906) and the expansion of the Chafee Education and Training Voucher in the state budget. Most recently, John Burton Advocates for Youth successfully advocated for the expansion of the Cal Grant Program for foster youth (SB940).

PROVIDE TEXTBOOKS
Since 2013, John Burton Advocates for Youth has provided $1.9 million in textbooks to over 7,700 current and former foster youth who attend college on 98 campuses in California through our Burton Book Fund.

John Burton Advocates for Youth works on behalf of current and former foster youth and homeless youth in three issue areas: education, housing and health. Much of this work is conducted through projects led by the organization, or that we collaborate with our partners on. JBAY is a member of the Step Up Coalition and is co-sponsoring legislation to ensure that California’s child welfare system is child-centered and responsive to the needs and circumstances of the families stepping up to care for children in foster care.

STRENGTHENED THE SAFETY NET FOR FOSTER YOUTH (2020)
Strengthened the safety net for foster youth in high cost counties by successfully advocating for the creation of a supplemental payment for youth living in transition housing.

PROTECTED FOSTER YOUTH DURING COVID-19 (2020)
Protected foster youth during COVID-19 by successfully advocating for foster youth to be authorized to remain in foster care after age 21, until June 30, 2021.

EXPANDED ACCESS TO CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM, THE CAL GRANT (2018)
Expanded eligibility for the program for foster youth from a maximum of four to eight years and securing a $5.3 million annual budget allocation.

PREVENTED TEEN PREGNANCY AMONG FOSTER YOUTH
Advocated for the inclusion of access to reproductive health care in the foster care bill of rights and requiring the State of California to track the number of pregnancy and parenting foster youth for the first-time (2013).

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John Burton Advocates for Youth

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2022
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Board chair

Senator John Burton

John Garcia

Kaiser Permanente

Donna Lucas

Lucas Public Affairs

Tina Thomas

Thomas Law Group

Bunny Ryder

San Francisco Community Health Center

Melanie Blum

Blum, Inc.

Kimiko Burton

San Francisco’s Children and Family Services Team

Miles Cooley

Freedman + Taitelman, LLP

Tony Ruch

Law Offices of Andrew Wolff, PC

Sufi Tahbazof

Tahbazof Law Firm, LLP

Jim Gonzalez

Jim Gonzalez & Associates

Pat Dodson

Board leadership practices

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    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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