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Goldman School students help with SF youth at-risk conference

08 March 2006

ATTENTION: Youth, government, social services and demographic writers and editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

"Building Bridges: Keeping Youth Connected," a roundtable discussion presented by the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the city and county of San Francisco.

The program will suggest practical guidelines and models for those providing services to transitional youth, the 18- to 25-year-old population lacking significant connections to jobs, education, family, healthcare, housing or community.

It also will include opening remarks and the swearing-in by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom of a Transitional Youth Commission Task Force. Goldman School Dean Michael Nacht will address academic research contributions to youth policy.

3-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 15

South Light Court, City Hall, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

Panelists will include:

  • Amy Lemley, co-founder of First Place Fund for Youth, an Oakland non-profit organization offering services to children aging out of the foster care
  • Laura Shubilla, co-founder and president of the Philadelphia Youth Network, which promotes academic success and career opportunities for youths ages 14-21
  • Linda Harris, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, D.C., which deals with policy for at-risk youth
  • Mitchell Findley, an emancipated foster youth and a founding member of an emancipation center for foster, probation and group home youth
  • Crystal Luffberg, a social worker and leader in the state's public child welfare efforts
  • Michael Wald, a Stanford University law professor, former head of San Francisco's Department of Human Services, and author of "Connected By 25," a book about the needs of transitional youth. He will moderate.

Organizers, who include members of the Goldman School's new Committee on Youth Policy, say groups around the country are closely following San Francisco's efforts to meet the complex needs of transitional youth. To register for the event, go online to: http://gspp.berkeley.edu/buildingbridges/ and for more information, e-mail BuildingBridgesSF@gmail.com.