Webinar Title: Better Futures: Increasing Postsecondary Preparation and Engagement of Youth with Mental Health Conditions in Foster Care
Date and Time: Tuesday May 14, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific
(From the description) During the webinar, we will share some of the barriers youth with mental health conditions in foster care face while preparing for and accessing higher education, and how the Better Futures Project is attempting to address these challenges through 1) near-peer coaching, 2) a summer Postsecondary Leadership Institute, and 3) group mentoring workshops. We will share preliminary findings from the project and discuss the advantages and factors to consider when implementing a near-peer model, where coaches and youth have shared life experiences in areas such as foster care and mental health. Presenters will include youth who have recently completed the Better Futures Project, coaches and other project staff. As such, participants will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from young people about the challenges they encountered while pursuing their educational goals, and what services, supports and resources were most helpful.