Beyond the Talk: A Resource Toolkit to Bridge the Cultural (2013)
In December of 2012, the theme of the CCMH Summit XVIII was “Beyond the Talk, Practicing the Walk: A Path to Bridge the Cultural Gap”. This toolkit herein named Beyond the Talk: A Resource Toolkit to Bridge the Cultural Gap highlights key findings and recommendations contained in the CRDP reports, as well as those reflected at the CCMH Summit XVIII presentations which included: keynote addresses, plenary presentations, institutes, workshops, and media advocacy showcases. Also included are strategies that emerged from Conversation Cafés which were structured dialogues designed to build upon the CCMH Summit XVIII theme. The Toolkit lays out what the paths are to bridge cultural gaps, how to “practice the walk”, and how to move beyond the talk into action, while demonstrating why mental health care disparities matter and what tools we can provide from each of the CRDP reports to address these concerns.
Tools for Outreach & Support of Students from Foster Care: A compilation of information and strategies gathered at the 5 year anniversary training (2012)
Over 80 Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) Liaisons convened for the FYSI Statewide Training in October of 2012. This training was particularly important as it was the five year anniversary of the launch of the initiative and the first time Liaisons from all over the state reconvened for training since the launch. This training was a unique opportunity for program Liaisons, both veterans and new, to share best practices and strategies to overcome challenges and share success stories. A key activity that allowed for sharing of information was Conversation Café. The following is a summary of the responses obtained from the Conversation Café activity. This information gathered allows for sharing and learning successful strategies in meeting the needs and supporting Foster Youth as they transition to college and beyond.
TLFA prepared this Training Resource Guide for the Supporting Students with Behavioral Health Challenges: A Conference for Southern Region Community Colleges held in San Diego, California April, 2012. This event was sponsored by the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services Agency (BHSA), funded by the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA), and Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) resources to host this much needed one and a half day Conference. In partnership with Southern California Counties, the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services identified the need to build capacity for responding to students with behavioral health challenges through the California Community Colleges system. This strengths-based approach and diverse perspectives led to the development of a county specific Training Resource Guide. This collaborative effort encourages culturally proficient prevention, and early intervention, and highlights the value of cross-sector partnerships (across campuses and campus to local community).
Derived from information presented and discussed at the successful, Impact of Violence and Trauma in Our Community: Building Effective Community Solutions conference, which was held in San Diego, California in August, 2011. Using an innovative trauma-informed approach, the Building Solutions Toolkit, provides tools and resources for County, community agencies, school districts addressing the impact of violence and trauma in our communities with an emphasis on bullying, domestic violence, gang violence, and trauma informed care. Sponsored in partnership by Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties Behavioral Health Services, and funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI).
In the summer of 2010, MHSA and PEI Coordinators representing Southern California Counties including Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Imperial, and San Diego formed a planning committee to ensure the convening topics addressed their county needs. On January 26, 2011 their vision came to fruition when over 120 people dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of unserved/underserved populations came together at the Prevention WORKS Convening. This publication is the result of this convening. Illuminating a few key themes that emerged throughout the day included stigma, barriers to access, and lack of knowledge and understanding of mental health. This report is divided into three parts. Mirroring the flow of the Convening, Section I highlights information reported on by presenters; Section II reflects information gathered through verbal and non-verbal approaches; and Section III includes checklists to enhance administration, programs, and community connectedness, followed by available resources.
Foster Youth Success Initiative Student Success Handbook: Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams (2010)
This document is designed for students to use as an interactive guide in navigating the college campus along with useful tools and resources to enable our youth in becoming productive, successful and contributing members of society. A supplement of The Foster Youth Success Initiative Student Success Orientation Framework, an inspiring product developed by TLFA for the California Community Chancellor’s Office to support colleges in their efforts with foster youth.
In 2006, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) recognized that there is a significant deficit regarding youth from foster care attending post-secondary education. (Acknowledging this need, they sponsored the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) a concerted effort to bring issues affecting these youth to the forefront and to improve the ability of these youth to access postsecondary education and benefit from the support services that are available but are often unknown to them). TLFA and Community College partners, developed this innovative publication for Community Colleges, using a student-centered approach. This framework prepares youth and young adults with a collection of tools to assist them in the attainment of both their educational and occupational goals. Focusing on the entire student, with rich and integrated content, strengthens the aptitude and ultimately the success a youth from foster care can achieve college as a student. This publication is a guide to facilitating success in helping these youths. It begins with helping them organize their life, and enables them to be responsible for their education. Designed as a course for unserved/underserved populations, first generation students, and foster youth.
CCCSO’s County Resource Guide ACCESSING NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL RESOURCES: A COUNTY RESOURCES GUIDE (2007)
Prepared by the California Community Colleges System Office, this publication is a one stop shop for anyone looking to access National, State, and Local Resources.
In 2006, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office established the Foster Youth Success Initiative Taskforce, which included representation from a myriad of national, state, and local agencies and post-secondary education institutions who united in a true collaborative effort to address this issue. This instrumental publication is a result of this collaborative effort.