JULY 2019
The advocacy team is happy to announce that we have promoted two of our advocate supervisors to program managers.  

The program manager positions represent two important areas of growth and opportunity for CASA/LA. The program manager positions will support CASA's and CASA staff in advocating for the young people who are among the most vulnerable in the child welfare system.
These new positions will be responsible for assisting the advocacy team in building out the resources, programming and collaborations needed for CASA/LA to be become experts in these fields.

Ludy Vasquez (left) is our new program manager for juvenile justice and will focus on advocacy needs for young people involved in both the juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency systems.  

Lauri Halderman (right) is our new program manager for early childhood and will focus on advocacy needs for children 0-5. 

General Education
When: Tuesday, July 18 at 12-2pm
Where: CASA office in Monterey Park
Facilitator: Erin Black, Education Advocate and Trainer @ Alliance for Children’s Rights
Continuing Education Credits: 2 hours

Sexual Identity and Gender Differences
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 12-2pm
Where: CASA office in Monterey Park
Facilitator: Ceci Martinez, Community Health Educator @ Planned Parenthood
Continuing Education Credits: 2 hours

To RSVP for CASA In-Services, c lick here .
To download recent In-Service handouts, click here .

Responding to CSEC and Trauma: Monday, July 15 at 8-5pm
Vicarious Trauma/Compassion Fatigue: Tuesday, July 16 at 8-5pm
Harm Reduction Strategies for working with CSEC/Youth: Tuesday, Aug 6 at 8-5pm

For more information on trainings available in the community click here .

San Fernando Valley Book Club
Where: CASA's home in Studio City
When: Tuesday, July 9 at 7 pm
We're Reading: "Collected Schizophrenias" by Esmé Weijun Wang
RSVP : For more info & to RSVP contact Renne Bilson at rjbilson@aol.com

C oastline Book Group
Where: The Jonathan Club Beach House in Santa Monica
When: Thursday, July 18 at 1pm
We're Reading : “Spilled Milk” by K.L. Randis
RSVP : RSVP is mandatory to attend due to a lunch that is prepared ahead of time. For more info & to RSVP contact Andrea Siegel at Asiegel9@roadrunner.com

Urban Book Group
Where: Children’s Institute in Echo Park
When: August 10 at 11am-1pm
We're Reading : “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
RSVP : For more info & to RSVP contact Joanne Lightfoot at joanne@thelightfoots.com

San Gabriel Valley Book Group
Where: CASA's home in Sierra Madre
When: Saturday, August 31 at 1-3pm
We're Reading : “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
RSVP : For more info & to RSVP contact Katherine Hill at katherineleehill@yahoo.com

Want to host a book club?
Contact Betsy Ann Mudd at bmudd@casala.org .
Social get-togethers organized by CASAs and for CASAs

Where: Station 59 Firehouse, West LA
When: Saturday, August 10 at 9:45am-12pm
RSVP : For more info & to RSVP, contact Lisa Foux lfoux@advocatecasala.org

Men's Group: West Coast
Where: Santa Monica Lawn Bowls Club
When: Saturday, July 20 at 11am-1pm
Cost: $10 for lawn bowling
RSVP : For more info & to RSVP, contact Paul Lister plister@advocatecasala.org

Want to host a CASA Connection?
Contact Betsy Ann Mudd at bmudd@casala.org .
Hungry? Grab a Bite at Mohawk Bend and Dirt Dog LA!
CASA/LA will be the beneficiary of two exciting fundraisers this month! 

Mohawk Bend  in Echo Park has created a delicious custom pizza for us during their July Piece of the Pie campaign , where $4 of every “The USR ( Ultra Super Radical)  Pizza” will go toward our programming. This pie is a mouthwatering treat, with white béchamel sauce, mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, sopressata, hot agave, crushed black pepper & Parmesan. Best of all, it can be made vegan! 

Then, celebrate National Hot Dog Day with us on  Wednesday, July 17  at   Dirt Dog Los Angeles  where $1 per hot dog sold on that day will go to CASA/LA! Is there a better way to celebrate this important holiday than supporting our shared mission?

If you know of any organizations that may be interested in partnering with us in a similar way, please let us know. We are also always looking to create experiences in our community that benefit the children we serve. For more information please contact Kelly Lozo ( klozo@casala.org  323.859.2888 x6353).
Save the Date:
Here at CASA/LA we're all about connection and transparency. Save the date to attend a meeting with our CEO, Wende Julien, who is thrilled to be sharing the most current CASA news following the close of the last fiscal year as well as our strategic plan and goals to get us there!

Invite to come!

When: Friday, August 23, 8-10am
Where: CASA Office, Monterey Park
*Remote streaming accessible via the Antelope Valley CASA Office.
Thanks to everyone who responded to our announcement of planning efforts for our 6th Annual Wine+Art fundraising event on  Saturday November 2nd, 2019 ! Last year's event in LA’s Arts District was attended by over 800 guests. We auctioned over 150 pieces of art — including a Mark Bradford piece — all in support of our cause to provide youth in foster care with Court Appointed Special Advocates.
We'd love your continued support to create another spectacular evening! If you or someone you know is interested in donating art, sponsoring our event, or becoming a food and beverage vendor we'd love to hear from you.

Please contact Catherine Flournoy at  cflournoy@casala.org  or  323-859-2888 ext 6348 . You can also visit our  website  for details on how to participate.
Need help with ETO?
Refer to the updated Advocate Handbook or join us for weekly walk-in ETO clinics Tuesdays 12pm-2pm in our Monterey Park office!

For ETO assistance, please contact Josh Saxelby-Valle at jsaxelby-valle@casala.org or 323.859.2888 x.6354
For CASA Youth
UCLA UniCamp
UCLA UniCamp is unique in that the camp counselors are UCLA student volunteers - they're there for the kids because they genuinely care for their growth and well-being. They are trained to ACA standards and fundraise all year long, on top of their academic responsibilities, to subsidize the cost of camp for kids. Additionally, each camp week has a specialized theme that runs outcome-based programs that addresses an aspect of social and leadership development for youth along with traditional camp activities. Themed weeks this summer include outdoor environmental science and education, healthy lifestyle choices, African American empowerment, and so much more! To learn more about UCLA UniCamp, check out our website: unicamp.org or email Kyle Pascual at kpascual@unicamp.org .

Is Your Foster Youth An Artist?
CASA Phil Ward heads up a project connecting young visual artists with seasoned musicians. When a CASA youth artist participates by using one of their art pieces, a singer-songwriter will create a song inspired by your CASA child/youth's art, and the youth will receive a recording of the song. The artists retain all rights to their work and may remain anonymous if they so choose. You and your CASA child have the opportunity to learn more by emailing Phil at philwardlive@att.net to ask more about the Now See Hear project. To learn more click here .

Journey House
Journey House is a non-profit that helps former foster youth make a successful transition into self-sufficiency while completing their education and job training. This includes financial assistance for former foster youth while they are in school or vocational training, including funding for tuition, fees, and textbooks. Housing assistance for former foster youth while they are in school or vocational training. Counseling and mentorship are included to encourage former foster and probation youth to establish the self-discipline they need to stay in school and create an independent life. There's also a new initiative underway to support foster youth in becoming politically active. Foster youth have been engaged with legislators and have successfully passed Four bills. This includes the Chassee bill that extends funding for former foster youth to 26 years old. For more information please contact Jessie (political action) and George (services) here .

United Friends College Readiness Program
United Friends of the Children has limited spots available for their College Readiness Program (CRP) to help foster youth become competitive applicants for four-year colleges and universities. Enrichment focused: individual college counseling, tutoring, workshops, college tours, special events, and summer programs. For an application and detailed information please click here .

Fostering Hope LA
Fostering Hope LA provides job readiness training and Christian mentorship to transitional aged youth. 8-week sessions, start on February 2019 on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30PM to 8:00PM. Participants will hear stories from former foster youth about their successes, speak with business owners, life coaches, and educational advocates, and be paired with a mentor. For more information, please click here .

WE LIFT LA empowers TAY youth and young adults out of the foster care system by providing life skills services, consistent support, workshops, and counseling to make the shift from foster care to independence less challenging and more successful. The organization offers housing, life skills development, and job readiness and vocational training. Click here for more info.
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-Cornel West
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