News & Updates
TIP Wayne State
(Summer '16 Edition)
Greetings from the office of TIP! We hope that you are enjoying this beautiful and HOT weather that we are having.
Our Summer edition newsletter is equally as hot and is full of exciting news and developments that directly effect our program and foster youth both locally and nationwide.
This newsletter will highlight:
Some of our recent graduates
What's happening at TIP Wayne State
Feature by the U.S. Dept. of Education
Strategic planning for 2017-2022
NASW Conference in D.C
Federal Policy updates
Local DHHS policy changes
Research from the U.S. Department of Education
Browse through this Summer edition newsletter to learn more about the recent developments and what TIP Wayne State is doing to continue to increase college access and improve graduation rates of foster care youth from southeast Michigan and advance the educational well-being of youth who age out of foster care throughout the state and BEYOND!
Name: Tiana Byrd Major: Master’s degree in social work Career plans/goals after graduation: Recently, I accepted a position with Support Management Services as a social worker. With this job, I provide counseling services to foster children, their foster parents and their biological parents. However, my ultimate goal is to be a Detroit Public School Social worker working with high school students. How has TIP supported you during your pursuit for higher education? The TIP program has provided me with financial support and with healthy and nutritional meals once a month. Receiving this assistance has allowed me to focus on my studies and not worry about how I was going to purchase my books next semester or stress about how I was going to afford to purchase food. What advice, take-a-ways, or words of encouragement do you have to offer prospective and current students? Make your education a top priority.
Name: Michael Chang-Songlue Major: B.S. Psychology Career Plans/goals after graduation: I am currently working for Meridian Health Plan and taking classes in pursuit of a Master's degree or registered Dietitian. How has TIP supported you during your pursuit for higher education? T.I.P. has supported me through the times when I needed something the most, especially educational expenses, financial, or social support. What advice, take-a-ways, or words of encouragement do you have to offer prospective and current students? For prospective and current students I suggest for them to take advantage of what is being offered regardless of how big or small the assistance is. College students and students in T.I.P. need as much support as they can, which is why I highly recommend them because you never know how much they can actually do for you unless you try! If they don't have what resources you're looking for, I know they'll find the connections to accommodate your personal needs! You just need to keep pushing yourselves and not be a statistic because we're just as good as everybody else or better!
What's Happening at TIP??
TIP Wayne State's policy project on tuition waivers and educational training vouchers is featured in the U.S. Department of Education's Foster Care Transition Toolkit! (see pages 59-64)
"The U.S. Department of Education released a comprehensive toolkit for foster youth transitioning out of care that highlights ways to successfully pursue higher education and careers post high school. The toolkit includes tips and resources intended to help foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational, skills and resource barriers as they transition into adulthood. This toolkit is also intended to serve as a resource to caseworkers, caregivers, teachers and mentors helping foster youth to realize their highest aspirations. The Foster Care Transition Toolkit was designed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Labor and incorporates input from practitioners and current and former foster youth. Follow this link to the NEW Foster Care Transition Toolkit:www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/foster-care/youth-transition-toolkit.pdf"
Three bills currently before a state Senate committee would, if approved, effectively create a bill of rights for children in foster care. First introduced and approved in the state House, the three bills would comprise the Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy, ensuring children in foster care would be provided the following:
Fair, equal, and respectful treatment
Placement with relatives and siblings when appropriate
Ongoing contact with biological relatives, if permissible
Access to advocacy services for children with disabilities
Timely enrollment in school, and consistent placement, when possible
Participation in extracurricular activities, when appropriate
Placement in the least restrictive setting that is appropriate to child’s needs
Access to timely information and services, including medical and mental health
Participation in religious and/or cultural activities
Adequate food, shelter and necessities
Information as to proposed placement, as age-appropriate
Timely permanency plans
In addition, the bills would establish a grievance procedure that would allow the child to file a grievance to address any non-compliance to the activities listed in the Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy. Finally, this law would require that children in foster care receive age-appropriate information, including help with understanding how to access services and involvement in developing their own case plans. For more information on these bills, please visit www.legislature.mi.gov.
Here are a few upcoming events at TIP:
2016 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Mandatory Supervisor Training will be held on June 13th from 10-12 p.m.
2016 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Youth Orientation is July 8th, from 9-12 p.m.
Next TIP Advisory Board Meeting has been scheduled for October 3, 2016, 11-1 p.m.
Contact our office for more information.
What's happening at TIP
Federal Policy Update
DHHS Policy Change
Department of Labor Career website
Info-graphic for TIP Wayne State. Details of barriers for youth in higher education settings and what TIP Wayne State offers to overcome those barriers.
Created by A. Buford
Dr. Angelique Day and TIP graduate, Neoshua Butler, will be presenting at the 2016 NASW Conference. To learn more about the conference, click here.
"My JumpVault is an intuitive, youth-envisioned web application developed by Five Points Technology Group (Five Points), to help foster youth develop a stable foundation for their “jump" to adulthood by providing an easily accessible location to upload, store, and manage the vital information life requires—from important health, education, and employment documentation; to helpful resources, tips, and reminders; to photographs and other precious memories—all via a secure web site". To access this resource, visit http://www.myjumpvault.org/
Higher Education Act in S. 2267.
ADVANCING HIGHER EDUCATION SUCCESS FOR HOMELESS AND FOSTER YOUTH:
Click here for the summary from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Call to Action!
This is a the Time-Sensitive opportunity to pass S 2267 or to introduce the main components of S 2267 in pending legislation that will move and be passed.
May is Foster Care Month. Passing Higher Education legislation that would help foster youth who have extremely poor higher education outcomes would be a great way to significantly impact the resources and skills a young person has as they transition to adulthood.
The time is now... If this bill does not get passed in the next few weeks, it will not get done for a lengthy time and kids are missing valuable time to get their education and skills.
Call your Legislators TODAY!
Web Application released by the Department of Labor :
GetMyFuture.org provides youth with online tools, information and resources to help them gain employment success. Visit the site by clicking here.
TIP Wayne State is currently developing its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan and is expected to be released to the public by Fall 2016. More developments to come.
Hope you enjoyed the Summer '16 Edition of the TIP Wayne State Newsletter. The next Newsletter is scheduled for Fall 2016. Stay tuned and please visit our website frequently for additional updates, news, resources and to learn of opportunities to continue TIP Wayne State to grow. Happy Summer!