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UTSA Hosts 15th Annual Independence Day Youth Conference for Foster Youth
UTSA

June, 2014

The Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) at UTSA and BCFS Health and Human Services are partnering to host the 15th Annual Independence Day Youth Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 in the Buena Vista Theater (BVB 1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

 

"Independence Day" is traditionally synonymous with fireworks, family and parties; however, it takes on a completely different meaning when it comes to children in foster care. This year’s theme, "Become A Super Hero," will focus on helping youth realize their potential, regardless of their past, and dare them to fly forward towards a successful future.

 

An estimated 300 are expected to attend the conference to support youth aging out of foster care with their transition into independence and adulthood.

This year’s event will include four experiential workshops showcasing positions in multiple career fields, a youth panel of foster care alumni to discuss “Life After Foster Care” and a college and career fair.

 

Organizers expect the youth to leave encouraged and empowered with practical tools to make decisions about their possible future careers.

 

In 2011, CAPRI received a three-year $600,000 HUD grant which was used to create programs to encourage and assist foster youth through the college planning process. The grant also allowed for the creation of the Assistance in College Completion, Employment and Socioeconomic Success (ACCESS) Center and commuter lab. The ACCESS Center, located in Monterey Building Room 2.260 at the UTSA Downtown Campus, serves as a central hub where youth can get assistance with college readiness, time management and helpful resources for everyday problems.

 

BCFS Health and Human Services is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. BCFS also provides residential and emergency services, assisted living services, medical services, transitional living services, residential camping and international humanitarian aid throughout the globe.

For more information about the Independence Day Youth Conference, contact Sophia Ortiz 210-458-2692 or sophia.ortiz@utsa.edu

 

Connect online with UTSA at www.facebook.com/utsawww.twitter.com/utsawww.youtube.com/utsa and www.utsa.edu/today.

 

About UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.



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