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Helping Transition Aged Foster Youth Continue Their Education and Workforce Training

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Education |  Family Law |  Juvenile Law |  Short Programs
Jamie Bernstein |  Hazel Davis |  Lakya Lewis |  Heather Lowe
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The panel will discuss how advocates can help transition-aged foster youth achieve educational and workforce goals, and ultimately self-sufficiency without the family support that many other youth have in this critical time of transition to adulthood. Using case examples, the program will provide an overview of the laws that aid in this transition and how the legal backdrop has developed into available social services and programs for these youth.


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Staff Attorney

Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families

Ms. Bernstein joined the Supreme Court of Texas as a staff attorney for the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families in May 2014.  She began her legal career in New York where she represented children and youth in child protection and delinquency proceedings. Her primaryfocus is the improvement of educational outcomes for children and youth in the Texas foster care system.

Hazel Davis Related Seminars and Products

Workforce Strategy Manager


Ms. Davis is a Workforce Strategy Manager at CitySquare.  In her role at CitySquare, she develops employer, civic and community partner engagement strategies to grow the organization’s employment programs. She also sustains ongoing partnerships with the four surrounding Workforce Boards.  She supervises the soft skills (essential skills) training program (Paths2Succes), Career Coaches, and Retention Specialists in the WorkPaths Program, and oversees job readiness and career preparation functions at TRAC.   She has 12 years of experience in the private sector in marketing and recruitment, training, and strategic partner engagement.   She also has four years’ experience developing career and education programing for at risk youth populations.  She is an active Board member at Urban Action, a community based non-profit youth organization which operates in the South Dallas area.

Lakya Lewis Related Seminars and Products

Education Advocate

CitySquare TRAC

Ms. Lewis became a part of the 3% of former foster youth who graduate college when she earned her bachelors degree from Texas Tech University. While attending Texas Tech she worked for Child Protective Services as the Youth Specialist in Lubbock, Texas.  Following her passion she moved to Dallas in 2014 and joined Citysquare TRAC as the Preparation for Adult Living Facilitator.  Currently, Ms. Lewis serves as the Education Advocate for Citysquare TRAC where she focuses on dropout prevention and education retention for youth in and out of foster care. Ms. Lewis’s  professional goal is to provide available resources and skills to young adults so they may be more than a number or statistic.

Heather Lowe Related Seminars and Products

Adult Services Administrator

Dallas Public Library

Ms. Lowe is the Adult Services Administrator for the Dallas Public Library where she is responsible for system wide programs and services to adults in Dallas. She oversees Adult Education including English Language Learning, General Education Development (GED), High School Diploma, and Basic Reading programs as well as the library’s Homeless Engagement Initiative. She develops and maintains community partnerships for services ranging from tax assistance to citizenship instruction to cultural enrichment and more. She has 12 years of experience in libraries and academic departments including the University of Michigan Library and the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California Los Angeles. She is the Events and Fundraising Team Lead for Outlast Youth, an organization that seeks to prevent homelessness for LGBTQ identified youth.