PUSD Foster Youth Efforts

  • STARS Foster Youth Resource Centers
    We are currently operating STARS Foster Youth Resource Centers on four PUSD campuses, including John Muir High School, Eliot Arts Middle School Washington STEAM Magnet Academy and Rose City High School. 

    The goal of the STARS Resource Centers is to build the potential of youth in foster care by:

    1. Build community among students in foster care
    2. Sharing community resources
    3. Build a college going culture

    STARS Volunteer Position Description
    STARS Volunteer Role

    1. Volunteers at middle school or high school to achieve personal and academic goals
    2. Support foster youth students through one-to-one or group
    3. Serve as a positive role model and friend
    4. Plan and participate in activities with and for STARS students
    5. Communicate with STARS students openly and non-judgmentally
    6. Establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect
    7. Encourage and support students in the STARS program

    Time Commitment

    1. One academic school year with STARS program
    2. Spend a minimum of one hour per week with STARS students
    3. Attend an initial two-hour training session and additional training as required

    Participation Requirements

    1. Be interested in working with students
    2. Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
    3. Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
    4. Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff
    5. Be willing to receive constructive feedback regarding STARS activities


    1. Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community
    2. Satisfaction in helping youth mature, progress, and achieve goals 
    3. Training sessions allow you to learn skills valuable to employees
    4. Personal ongoing support, and supervision to help you grow professionally
    5. Establish meaningful connections in the Pasadena Unified School District

    Click here to view the STARS Volunteer Application

    Foster Youth Consortium and Joint Foster Youth & Mental Health Consortium
    The Foster Youth Consortium is a collaborative meeting that convenes once a month. This meeting consists of all foster youth programs servicing PUSD, including school administrators, group home staff, CWAS representatives and community stakeholders. The Foster Youth Consortium meets every month. The Foster Youth Consortium is dedicated to working collaboratively to provide the highest quality services to all PUSD students in foster care. Additionally, this year the foster youth consortium is working in collaboration with the Mental Health consortium for the purpose of combining our resources to better serve foster youth in PUSD. This meeting is currently taking place every other month. Both meetings take place at the PUSD Education Center.

    Foster Youth Welcome Meetings
    Foster Youth Community Liaison meets with foster youth who are new to the district monthly, to welcome them to PUSD. In these meetings the Liaison attempts to find out areas of academic needs, and introduce students to school staff such as counselors, as well as making sure that students have everything they need to be successful such as school ID, books and lockers. This is important to ensure that foster youth have a smooth transition to PUSD.  

    Foster Youth Advisory Committee (Formerly the Foster Youth Guardians, Parents and Advocates Committee)
    The Foster Youth Advisory Committee is a space for foster parents, guardians and community to get involved in their student's education and to obtain information about district services for foster youth. The Foster Youth Advisory Committee is currently working on a five-point work plan for improvement for the district, which includes: trauma-informed care, delivery of mental health services, and access to district services and programs

    The committee meets the third Thursday of every month from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Foothill Campus of Pasadena City College, 2025 E. Foothill Blvd, Bungalow 5.

    Foster Youth Townhall
    The Foster Youth Townhall is an annual event, sponsored by Senator Portantino's office and organized in collaboration with Pasadena City College Foster and Kinship Care, PUSD and other local agencies and school districts. The Townhall is an opportunity for youth in foster care to voice their concerns around access to education, housing, education and mental health services. In addition, students have to opportunity to attend workshops to obtain information on major life milestones, such as attending college, independent living, and managing their own finances and health needs.

    Foster Youth Sensitivity Training
    Foster Youth Sensitivity Training is available for district staff, through the CWA office, as professional development. This training introduces participants to the strengths and challenges that children in foster care face on a daily basis. The objective of this training is to provide adults working with youth in foster care with increased knowledge of the child welfare system and tools to help build resilience of this population. Training sessions are available during district professional development days. Additionally, extended training can be provided to school site staff upon request.