Northern California Youth Listening Sessions: Hearing the Voices of Youth Involved in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Systems
Source: Kaiser Permanente and Mental Health California
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), Family Members, Foster Youth, Former Foster youth, People who have experienced Trauma, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, Youth, Youth of Transition Age
Topics: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Aging out of Foster Care System, Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Family, Foster Care System, Mental Health Treatment, Trauma-informed
In an effort to increase understanding of the needs of youth involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, Mental Health California, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, presented a series of listening sessions across Northern California. Through a regional approach, sessions were held in Sacramento, Oakland, and Fresno, California. The listening sessions were ideation-centric, blending traditional listening techniques with ideation, art, creativity, and safe space carve-outs for the youth for honest dialogue and self expression. This report summarizes their findings.