On July 15 and 16 twenty local transitional-aged foster youth participated in a digital literacy computer training seminar, held at the County of Ventura Human Services Agency.
A powerful collaboration between the Ventura County Office of Education, Children’s Services Auxiliary, and Foster VC Kids made this once in a lifetime opportunity available for foster youth as they prepare to transition to college life and adulthood.
The hands-on workshop introduced foster youth to the skills necessary to use computer technology in everyday life to enhance their educational, social, and employment oriented opportunities. Many foster youth lack the financial resources and support necessary to develop in this area on their own.
“We are so excited to see the community come together to provide this opportunity to our transitional-aged foster youth,” says Angelina McCormick Soll, Resource Family Recruitment, Development, & Support Coordinator with Foster VC Kids, a program of Ventura County Children and Family Services.
While 90% of United States teens and 79% of low-income U.S. teens have access to computer technology in their homes, only 20% of foster youth have comparable access. A recent study by the iFoster network reports that foster youth who received laptops improved their grades, missed less time in school, maintained better contact with supportive friends and family, and experienced enhanced levels of self-esteem.
In addition to invaluable digital literacy skills such as social media safety, connectivity and integration knowledge, and software training, each of the 20 participating foster youth received their own laptop computer, printer, and suite of Microsoft programs.
Ventura County Human Services Agency (VCHSA) strengthens families, supports self-sufficiency and promotes safety, health, and well-being. All of their service areas operate and perform at the highest level to meet the needs of individuals, families, and the community by providing assistance, aid, and protection for foster youth and beyond. VCHSA demonstrates the ability to work in multicultural environments and ensures that policies, programs, and actions communicate respect for the dignity of all people. Visit www.fostervckids.org for more information.
If you are interested in partnering with Foster VC Kids to provide support for youth in care, please call 654-3220.