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Sacramento Asian Chamber celebrates former foster youth
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Sacramento Asian Chamber celebrates former foster youth

The Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Foundation (SACCF) celebrates the success of its inaugural JumpStart 21 class on Tuesday, May 10.  The Mather event will honor former foster youth for their completion of a 12-week workforce/development training. On Tuesday’s “Celebration of Achievement,” the SACCF will recognize these former foster youth and connect them to businesses to apply their skills.

The SACCF – in partnership with Volunteers of America Transitional Housing Program for Former Foster Youth, the Center for AIDS Research Education and Services and El Hogar Community Services, expanded its JumpStart 21 workforce development program to address the growing need to prepare former foster youth for life and self-sufficiency. Participants in the JumpStart 21 Program undergo a 12-week training where they are taught 21st century life and works skills. After the 12-week training, the SACCF connects foster youth with local businesses to provide meaningful, hands-on work and mentoring.

“We recognize the success of these former foster youth and are thankful to be able to provide them with the necessary skills to become productive contributors in the community. With the support from our partners and sponsors, we are able to offer these former foster youth the opportunity to succeed in life,” said Pat Fong Kushida, President and CEO of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, the SACCF won two highly competitive grants from Sierra Health Foundation and the Walmart Foundation to implement JumpStart 21 and to provide a holistic approach in serving this specific population. This foster youth initiative addresses their combined needs across the areas of mental and emotional health, physical health, stable housing, career planning and employment. This combination of support will create the infrastructure necessary to prepare participating foster youth for adult life. The funding received from these grants helped pilot this program at VOA’s Former Foster Youth facility to target 50 emancipated foster youth.

For more information on the JumpStart 21 Celebration of Achievement or the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Foundation, please visit www.sacasiancc.org or contact Matt Sumida at (916) 446-7883. 

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