Education and Literacy Fund
Youth in the foster care system will have an average of two family placements per year while in the system. And, approximately 68% of all foster youth will attend three or more elementary schools and 33% will attend five or more elementary schools while in foster care. Each new living situation often leads to a change in schools, and with every school change a child falls three to six months behind their classmates. Academic difficulties go unnoticed and records may be lost or incomplete. Youth who are at risk of school failure are also at high risk for drug abuse, delinquency, violence, and early pregnancy. Ensuring that these youth complete high school is an especially important factor for successful youth development and adult self-sufficiency.
City Youth Now provides these youth with academic assistance to ensure that they stay on track, meet grade level expectations, and have the opportunity to graduate from high school and continue on to higher education or job training. Our educational support spans a wide range of help including tutoring in all subjects, college tours to expose the youth to what is available to them beyond their secondary education, financial assistance in purchasing textbooks, and assistance with college registration. City Youth Now, in collaboration with SFUSD and SFJPD, also works with youth detained at the Juvenile Justice Center to provide extra academic assistance through tutoring to complete their GED exams and start taking online college courses while detained. With these qualifications, they then have a chance to choose a better path once they leave Juvenile Justice Center.