Tribal Survey on Education Advocacy

Tribal Survey: Identifying Barriers to Education Advocacy for Tribal Youth and Tribal Foster Youth in California

This year, California Tribal Families Coalition (CTFC) began hosting a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship project that aims to assist tribes and tribal families in providing education advocacy for tribal youth in California’s child welfare system. As a main component to this project, CTFC now asks tribal leaders and representatives to take a survey on education:  Tribal Survey: Identifying Barriers to Education Advocacy for Tribal Youth and Tribal Foster Youth in California (google.com)

This survey is intended to collect information, from the perspective of tribal governments and service providers, on the current education advocacy efforts of tribal governments, existing barriers to education advocacy for tribal youth and tribal foster youth, and tribal governments’ interest and capacity for further engagement in education advocacy. CTFC is issuing this survey and will later host tribal listening sessions to better understand the needs of tribal youth and tribal foster youth in education systems. Survey responses will be used to identify barriers to education advocacy for tribal youth and tribal foster youth in California to better ensure that necessary educational resources and trainings are provided. For this survey, ‘foster youth’ is defined as in CA’s Education Code Section 42238.01(b) which includes a child who is the subject of a petition filed pursuant to Section 300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, whether or not the child has been removed from the child’s home.

The survey will help inform the longer term project which, as a part of a strategic plan designed to promote tribal sovereignty in education and to ensure that child welfare systems, education systems, and tribal systems are able to work together to ensure comprehensive advocacy for tribal youth, also includes the recently released California’s Failure to Support Native Students: Raising Awareness of Education Disparities Impacting Native Youth with Disabilities and Native Foster Youth

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