In April we announced the CPUC funded Phones For Foster Youth Program, in November we held an event to distribute the first smartphones, and in 2020 we are hitting the road to bring phones, and the hundreds of iFoster resources they can access, directly to TAY (transition-age foster youth) where they live, go to school, and hang out.
iFoster is partnering with County Child Welfare Departments, local TAY serving agencies, and community college Guardian Scholars programs to meet TAY where they are. The iFoster Pop-Ups will help TAY to get daily living, financial aid, health and wellness, technology, employment, education, and legal help they need. TAY can browse, talk one-on-one with peer iFoster Ambassadors, attend short “How Do I” info sessions that answer their most pressing questions, and apply for and get resources they need on the spot.
Get a FREE cell phone with FREE Unlimited Plans!
Best of all – we are coming with stuff! Free, brand new smartphones with free unlimited talk + text + data plans for all eligible current and former foster youth, and help setting up your phone and social media. Other resources include:
- Laptops, eyeglasses, tutoring, braces, pro bono legal help, fixing credit, scholarships, discounts on food, discounts on entertainment, and so much more
- Help with applying for FAFSA, Chafee, CalFresh, CARE/FERA (utilities), other government benefits
- Job opportunities, resume writing and applications
iFoster Local Ambassadors
Where we can, iFoster will be using iFoster Ambassadors to support our Pop-Ups. These are local TAY who are trained on iFoster’s resources and programs. Not only do we think it’s best to learn from peers, but we love to work with TAY, train them, and give them opportunities to show off their skills.
- We’re growing our group of ambassadors! If you’re interested in a paid, temporary position connecting TAY to available resources, please send your resume to Kristine at Kristine@ifoster.org.
If you would like to know where and when the Pop-Ups will be occurring, check here for a schedule and locations.
If you have an event or location in California that brings TAY together, and would like iFoster to participate, OR, you are a TAY or know a TAY who might want to be an iFoster Ambassador, please email Kristine at Kristine@ifoster.org or call 530.550.8001.