Preparing Foster Youth for Adulting
Episode 026: Interview with Sue Evans from Walden Family Services (San Diego, CA)

Episode 026: Interview with Sue Evans from Walden Family Services (San Diego, CA)

January 24, 2021

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Sue Evans, Chief Operations Officer of Walden Family Services based in San Diego, California. Sue and Lynn talk about Walden's transitional housing program for foster youth who choose to participate in the state's extended foster care services; key strategies for supporting youth who are aging out; how their program was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. 

Episode 025: Interview with Dr. Sebrena Jackson from NSEP (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Episode 025: Interview with Dr. Sebrena Jackson from NSEP (Tuscaloosa, AL)

January 10, 2021

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Dr. Sebrena Jackson, Founder and Director of the National Social Work Enrichment Program (NSEP) based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Sebrena and Lynn talk about NSEP's summer program designed to expose older foster youth to the college experience; ideas for improving the foster care system; how their program was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. 

Episode 024: Interview with Erin NeSmith from Grow Into You Foundation (Riverview, FL)

Episode 024: Interview with Erin NeSmith from Grow Into You Foundation (Riverview, FL)

December 26, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Erin NeSmith, Founder and Executive Director of Grow Into You Foundation in Riverview, Florida. Erin and Lynn talk about their coaching, mentoring, and transitional housing programs; ideas for improving the foster care system; how their program has managed through COVID-19, and more. 

Episode 023: Interview with Ann Marie Binsner from CASA Prince George’s County (Riverdale, MD)

Episode 023: Interview with Ann Marie Binsner from CASA Prince George’s County (Riverdale, MD)

December 13, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Ann Marie Binsner, Executive Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in Prince George's County, Maryland. Ann Marie and Lynn talk about how CASA volunteers advocate for foster youth in the courts, the benefits of their advocacy work, the importance of having youth engaged in the planning of their own future, how their program has managed through COVID-19, and more. 

Episode 022: Interview with Lorilynn Violanta from NMCAN (Albuquerque, NM)

Episode 022: Interview with Lorilynn Violanta from NMCAN (Albuquerque, NM)

December 8, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Lorilynn Violanta, Director of Advancement for NMCAN. NMCAN is an organization that supports youth aging out of foster care through mentoring, coaching, and advocacy. Lorilynn and Lynn talk about NMCAN's mentoring and coaching programs, strategies that ensure authentic youth engagement in planning their own future, how their program has managed through COVID-19, and more. 

Episode 021: Interview with Jevon Wilkes from CA Coalition for Youth (Sacramento, CA)

Episode 021: Interview with Jevon Wilkes from CA Coalition for Youth (Sacramento, CA)

November 20, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Jevon Wilkes, Executive Director of California Coalition for Youth. California Coalition for Youth is a program that supports and encourages youth to advocate for their needs to state leaders and decision makers. Jevon and Lynn talk about their advocacy work, how their efforts have helped transition age foster youth in the state, some improvements that the system could make, and more. 

 
 
Episode 020: Interview with Dr. Tiffany Lane from Almatine’s Goodies (Wilmington, NC)

Episode 020: Interview with Dr. Tiffany Lane from Almatine’s Goodies (Wilmington, NC)

October 27, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Dr. Tiffany Lane, Director/Founder of Almatine's Goodies and Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Almatine's Goodies is a program that collaborates with social service agencies, colleges, and universities in the U.S. to provide care packages to former and current foster care youth enrolled in college. Tiffany and Lynn talk about her program, how more positive research is needed to explore the strengths of foster youth, some improvements that the system could make, and more. 

Episode 019: Interview with Bruin Richardson & Kim Lewis from Children’s Home Society of VA (Richmond, VA)

Episode 019: Interview with Bruin Richardson & Kim Lewis from Children’s Home Society of VA (Richmond, VA)

September 13, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Bruin Richardson (Chief Advancement Officer) & Kim Lewis (My Path Forward Life Coach) from Children's Home Society of VA, particularly focusing on their housing program for youth who have aged out of foster care in Richmond, VA. Bruin, Kim, and Lynn talk about the strategies of their My Path Forward housing and support program, how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted their services, and more.

Episode 018: Interview with Sixto Cancel from Think of Us (New York, NY)

Episode 018: Interview with Sixto Cancel from Think of Us (New York, NY)

August 21, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Sixto Cancel, CEO of Think of Us, an innovation focused organization based in New York City. Sixto and Lynn talk about some of the opportunities for improvement in the foster care system, the housing solution that Think of Us developed for older foster youth during the COVID-19 crisis, and more. 

Episode 017: Interview with Kellie Knox from Fred Finch Youth and Family Services (Oakland, CA)

Episode 017: Interview with Kellie Knox from Fred Finch Youth and Family Services (Oakland, CA)

August 8, 2020

In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Kellie Knox, Senior Director with Fred Finch Youth and Family Services. Kellie and Lynn talk about the transitional housing program (one of many programs) that Fred Finch runs to serve foster youth, the challenges that they have faced and managed during the COVID-19 crisis, and ideas regarding things the system can do to improve its support of foster youth. 

 
 
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