On November 22, 2011 The Agency held a Career Day for a group of high school age boys that are in foster care. They live in a group home in San Bernardino. Their placement is due to many factors, such as parents being unsuitable for guardianship.
The program through the University of Redlands was created to address the academic needs of this population outside of school. Statistics show that foster youth have low success rates for high school completion and high rates of homelessness, drug abuse, and incarceration after emancipation (after age 18). The program is designed to change these statistics and have proven successful and recognized by state organizations such as California Council on Teacher Education.
The students are from a wide range of areas, including Bakersfield, San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange County and locally in San Bernardino.
The students received information from Agency staff on careers in the wastewater industry and how/what it takes to enter the industry. Students also participated in a tour of IEUA wastewater treatment Regional Plant No. 5 and the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park.
We had a total of 24 students in attendance with 9 adults.