AB 1675 – Enrichment and Extracurricular Activities for Foster Youth

What is this bill about?

AB 1675 ensures children and youth in foster care are able to participate in extracurricular and enrichment activities by requiring the utilization of all available funding and increasing accountability measures under existing laws.

How does it align with yli’s values?

yli partners with thousands of youth across the state, the majority of whom are low-income youth of color.

As leaders in the youth development field, we believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to develop their skills, interests, and relationships through participation in extracurricular and enrichment activities.

For young people in the foster care system, these opportunities are especially crucial because many systems-involved youth have experienced trauma and, as a result of system-involvement, face high risks in terms of poor adolescent and adult outcomes.

This bill would make good on our promises to young people by ensuring that: (1) the state maximizes and leverages all available funds to support participation in enrichment activities; (2) the voices of youth with experience in foster care and caregivers are considered in designing supports that will enhance participation in enrichment activities; and (3) there is accountability by aligning state law with existing federal law requirements related to case planning and court oversight of participation in enrichment activities.

This policy aligns with our Education Justice Platform, which advocates for free, high quality, whole person education for all.

What is yli doing about it?

We have just submitted a letter endorsing this bill, and we are showing our support on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Who else supports this bill?

  • Youth Law Center (Sponsor)
  • California Youth Connection (Sponsor)
  • Alliance for Boys & Men of Color

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