Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom praises Richmond’s foster youth conference

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom sends letter of support for the second annual Foster Care Youth Conference in Richmond.Lt Gov Gavin Newsom last week praised Richmond’s Foster Care Youth Conference, which will be held for a second consecutive year this Saturday at DeJean Middle School.

The conference “is a wonderful opportunity” to connect youths in foster care with expert advice, education and services, Newsom wrote in a letter to the Richmond Police Department’s Youth Services Division, which co-sponsors the event with the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services.

The conference features workshops on money management, health and fitness, and even on dating and relationships, organizers said. Kids will also have access to housing resources, employment skills and educational pathways.

This year’s conference begins with a breakfast and raffle at 8:30 a.m., with workshops running from 9:25 a.m. to 2 p.m. The conference is free to kids who have been placed in foster care in Richmond and surrounding areas.

The success of last year’s conference, Newsom said, shows the event not only has staying power but the potential to “set an example for communities across California” on how to address the many challenges foster kids face.

Richmond police Chief Magnus expressed his pleasure to read Newsom’s letter on Twitter Tuesday morning: