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June 2019
For CASA volunteers
Wine + Art

We are pleased to announce that plans are underway for our 6th Annual Wine + Art fundraising event, to be held on  Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 ! Last year's event in LA’s Arts District was attended by over 800 guests where we auctioned over 150 pieces of art all in support of our cause to provide more foster youth with Court Appointed Special Advocates. This fundraising event provides the opportunity for our community to support our mission while enjoying the arts, culinary delights and libations. 
We'd love your help 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   or 323-859-2888 ext 6348. You can also visit our  website  for details on how to participate.
Happy P r i d e Month!

It's been 50 years since the defiance to police brutality where Stonewall LGBTQ activists sparked the gay rights movement. Those leading the defiance were transgender women and gay black men. In June, around the world, pride month is celebrated as a moment in the sun, a chance to be free to express one's true self. Pride events and parades commemorate this shift into dignity, growing social acceptance, and pride of the people seen as invisible for far too long.

This huge cultural shift is being seen and talked about everywhere in 2019. Yet, there are many foster children who identify as part of the community who continue to need your help. They continue to need your advocacy. They are continuously misunderstood. This month, let this pride be a time of reflection and celebration of the youth you advocate for who will and are continuously defying odds.
Glamour Gowns
Thank you to all of the CASAs who volunteered with Glamour Gowns! We wouldn't have been able to host this huge event without your continued support. Los Angeles Magazine featured an article on Glamour Gowns. You can read it here.
CASA Book Clubs
Organized by CASAs, for CASAs

San Fernando Valley Book Club
Where: CASA's home in Studio City
Date : 7/9/19
Time: 7pm
We're Reading: "Collected Schizophrenias" by Emes Weijung Ward
For more info and to RSVP please contact Renne Bilson at

Urban Book Club
Where : Echo Park-Children’s Institute
Date : 6/22/2019
Time : 11am-1pm
We're Reading : ”Spilled Milk" by K.L. Randis
For more info and to RSVP please contact Joanne Lightfoot at

Coastline Book Group
Where: Santa Monica
Date: 7/17/19
Time: 1:30-3pm
We're Reading : “ Spilled Milk” by K.L. Randis
For more info and to RSVP please contact Andrea Siegel at

West Valley Book Club
Where : CASA’s home in Encino
Date : 6/10/2019
Time : 7-9pm
We're Reading : "Educated" by Tara Westover
For more info and to RSVP please contact Xaris Bloxham at

Want to host a book club? Contact Betsy Ann Mudd at .

Upcoming In-Services

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 12-2pm
Monterey Park Office

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 12-2pm
Monterey Park Office

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 12-2pm
Monterey Park Office

ETO Corner

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 - 323.859.2888 x.6354
Host a Third Party Event!

Help us reach our goal of serving 1,350 children in FY2020 by hosting a third party event! Third party events are fun, easy, and instrumental ways to help us fundraise in the comfort of your own community. Whether you mobilize your favorite local business to contribute a percent of proceeds, ask friends and family to donate to CASA/LA in lieu of birthday gifts, dedicate your next 5K or marathon run to CASA/LA, or host your own creative event you will be bringing us one step closer to 1,350 children served.
For more ideas or information please contact Kelly Lozo at  or call (323) 859-2888 x6353.

Foster is a dynamic view into the foster care system in the United States. This documentary is informative with poignant story-telling and is a call to action for all who see it. See the trailer and stream the documentary here.
Photos from the 7th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams  

Photos are now available for viewing on our Facebook page! Go to  and look for the Photo album titled 7th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams. Please feel free to share and repost the photos with the hashtags #casaofla #eveningtofosterdreams. If you aren't already following us please be sure to Like and Follow our page! It's a great resource to stay current on our announcements, news and special events. 

CASA Connections
Organized by CASAs, for CASAs

CASA Connection
Where: CASA’s home in Rancho Palos Verdes
Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 1pm – 4pm
For more info and to RSVP please contact Kees Steeneken and Mary Rich at
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: or email Kyle Pascual at .

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 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. F or 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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