Back in April of this year, the CPUC authorized California LifeLine to provide up to 25 million dollars to fully subsidize the cost of smartphones with unlimited voice, text and high-speed data as part of the iFoster and Boost Mobile Phones for Foster Youth Program.
We are excited to announce that on November 22, 2019, the first round of LG Empire Tribute smartphones were handed out to youth in conjunction with a TAY AmeriCorps event called Game Of TAY. The inaugural California event was hosted by our TAY AmeriCorps members, during which they educated and connected fellow LA County foster youth to the resources they need to succeed.
These smartphones will be distributed to up to 33,000 current and former California based foster youth over the duration of two years.
At the event, the iFoster team identified and verified approximately 400 recipients to receive smartphones. All eligible TAY AmeriCorps members received a phone, as did other attendees on the waitlist.
Not only will our TAY AmeriCorps members benefit from these phones for their own personal use, but they will also use it as a resource to teach their clients how to best take advantage of it.
Members of the CPUC, such as Commissioners Guzman Aceves and Genevieve Shiroma, along with other dignitaries, gave powerful speeches on what an incredible asset this will be to foster youth.
Those on the waitlist who did not attend the November 22 event will receive their phones in forthcoming distribution rounds. If you are a current or former California based foster youth, sign up to receive a free cell phone here.
If you put your name on the waitlist, but have not formally filled out an application, make sure to do so here to receive a free smartphone.