Mar 10, 2016
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The Richmond Police Department’s Youth Services Division is hosting the 4th Annual Foster Care Youth Conference on Saturday.

The Roadmap to the Future conference ​features speakers, ​a ​policy ​panel ​and ​workshops ​that provide more than 100 youth with information on housing, employment, art and self-expression, health, wellness, education and social justice, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said.

While planning the conference, youth were asked what they wanted to learn more about in terms of resources and services. The hope is to connect the kids to services so that they won’t slip through the cracks and become involved in human trafficking, the criminal justice system and homelessness, Hill said.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the LaVonya DeJean Middle School Auditorium, 3400 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

Panel discussion begins shortly after 10 a.m.

Representatives from several local counties and nonprofits are involved. Sponsors of the event include Chevron, The Richmond Police Officers Association, The City of Richmond, Nubian Brothers and Sisters, and Jamie Richard.

The image, courtesy of the Richmond Police Department, shows Toni Blackman speaking at last year’s conference.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.