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Launchpads: Turning spare rooms into opportunities for foster youth

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Launchpads Virtual Information Session

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Imagine being an 18-year-old foster youth just accepted to your dream college. Your dorm closed because of COVID-19 and you received less financial aid than you need to find an apartment. Your dream seems less and less achievable.

Since you are in California's "Extended Foster Care," you're eligible to receive a $1,000 monthly stipend to find housing on the private market, but there's a catch: you must already be in an approved housing placement in order to receive this stipend.

Enter Launchpads.

Freedom Forward is kicking off Launchpads — an online housing rental platform that allows individuals with extra space in their homes to rent rooms to youth in Extended Foster Care. When young people are housed they are:

  • More likely to be employed or in school.
  • Less likely to experience incarceration or exploitation.
  • More likely to access preventative health care and experience positive health outcomes.

Sign up for an info session to find out if hosting is right for you. Our program is starting by recruiting hosts in the San Francisco Bay Area, but we hope to expand in the future. This video conference is designed to help you decide if hosting is right for you.

To RSVP for this event click the “Select A Data” button above to get your free tickets. Then be sure to show up to the zoom call on the date you selected. We can't wait to see you there. We are hosting multiple sessions to make sure everyone who wants to can learn more. Current calls are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday June 9 at 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday June 15 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday June 24 at 12:00 pm
  • Thursday July 1 at 5:00 pm

If you have any questions or can't make the dates we've listed, feel free to contact the Launchpads program manager, Karen (karen@freedom-forward.org).

NOTE: This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. If you RSVP for this event, we’ll send a link with the zoom link to your email address before the event.

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