Foster Care Awareness Month Events
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, where we take the time to celebrate current and former foster youth, raise awareness on issues related to foster care, and acknowledge those who are dedicated to serving our children, youth, and families. During this month, we encourage others to recognize that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Join the LBCC Foster Youth Support Services Program in celebrating Foster Care Awareness Month 2023!
Foster Youth Ally Training
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
For staff and faculty only. Flex credit is available for faculty. This virtual training will provide information and resources to promote an inclusive, welcoming environment for students, staff, and faculty who have experienced foster care. Learn about reducing the stigma of foster care, increase awareness of the foster care community, and create a connection between trauma, learning and development. Know the role of a Foster Youth Ally in supporting and advocating for our children and youth in foster care.
Smart & Final Groceries Event
Date/Time: Friday, May 12, 2023, 12:00PM – 4:00PM
This event is only open to current Guardian Scholars and NextUp students. The Foster Youth Support Services program has funds to help you with groceries and household items from Smart & Final. Students will have the opportunity to spend up to $200. Be sure to check your email for the RSVP form and reserve your spot as soon as possible. Spaces are limited, and the form will close once we reach capacity.
End of the Year Celebration
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 3:00PM – 6:00PM
This event is only open to current Guardian Scholars and NextUp students. Enjoy a night of bowling to celebrate the end of the academic year and our graduating class of Spring 2023. Join us to have some fun before the semester ends and celebrate all of your accomplishments! Please check your email for the RSVP form and reserve your spot as soon as possible.
Foster Youth Student Panel
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
For students, staff, and faculty. Flex credit is available for faculty. This virtual workshop is a great opportunity to learn about two programs at Long Beach City College that supports current and former foster youth: NextUp and Guardian Scholars. Hear from a student panel of current and former foster youth that will participate to share their stories and how faculty and staff have supported their success.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 25, 2023, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: Liberal Arts Campus (TBD)
This event is only open to current Guardian Scholars and NextUp students. Foster Nation is a nonprofit organization that supports and empowers foster youth aging out of the foster care system to become self-sufficient. They believe in the power of becoming better than our life circumstances. Join us to learn more about the programs they offer while also enjoying some food and games!
Please note for Accommodations: At least 72 hours prior to the event, (562) 938-4558 (voice), (562) 353-4217 (videophone), & firstname.lastname@example.org // Sign Language Interpreting, please contact Stephanie Bonales at email@example.com or (562) 938-4918.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, 5 business days prior to the event, please contact Human Resources Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org *requests are based on provider availability*