History

Mike Jones and Megan McKinnley, former foster youth and participant of the Courageous Connection Program, at the State Capitol during the  award ceremony for the Change of a Lifetime Award in 2010

Mike Jones and Megan McKinnley, former foster youth and participant of the Courageous Connection Program, at the State Capitol during the award ceremony for the Change of a Lifetime Award in 2010

In 2007, the founders of Courageous Connection, Dr. Hasan Abdulmalik and Mike Jones, were asked to be members of the Sacramento County Team for the grant funded Breakthrough Series Collaborative, BSC. The BSC was a project tasked to look into and make changes to the current Independent Living Program for foster youth throughout Sacramento County and the State of California. Having created and implemented a number of different intervention programs for at risk youth at the high school level the founders approached the BSC with the same excitement and innovation.

In 2008, the founders piloted the Courageous Connection Program on a single high school campus in Sacramento County. The goal was simple; provide a better outreach and intervention program for the school’s foster youth population. Over the next two years as the founders learned more of what was needed and where gaps existed in current high school programs for foster youth the program evolved.

In 2010, the founders of Courageous Connection, along with a foster youth and our partners in CPS were given the Change of a Lifetime Award at the California Kickoff to Foster Care Month. Since that point the program has continued to evolve and spread to different high school sites throughout the state.

In early 2011, the founders finished writing a Toolkit for School Administrators wanting to implement the Courageous Connection Program at their school sites. It is our hope that the Toolkit will be published before the end of the year. If you would like an early copy to review please contact us. Also in early 2011 Courageous Connection was granted the status of being a federally recognized 501C3, nonprofit organization.

On May 1, 2013 we held our first annual Kick Off to National Foster Care Month.  During this event we are proud to say the Mayor and City Counsel of Elk Grove signed a city wide proclamation recognizing the foster youth in this community and prosmising city wide support to better serve these youth.  We were also presented a Special Congressional Recognition Award by a representative of Congressman Ami Bera’s office for our work in improving the lives of foster youth.

 

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