For most children, their parents are their primary academic advocates, providing oversight, support, and intervention when necessary. However, many children—particularly those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems—lack responsible adults in their lives to guide their educational progress. Without appropriate help and direction, these children struggle in the classroom and are often academically left behind. Sadly, these children and youth are subject to higher drop-out rates and face disciplinary action at a much higher rate than their peers.
With past funding from the Cox Kids Foundation, Price Charities, and others, CAI developed a program to recruit, train, and oversee adults who are interested and eligible to serve as Educational Representatives for local children in need. As an Educational Representative, you will be able to directly impact a child’s life. With training and guidance provided by CAI, you will learn how to support, encourage, and advocate for children who need academic guidance. Educational Representatives are appointed by the court to represent a child in all aspects of his or her academic life. Most importantly, as an Educational Representative you will get to know a child in need on a personal level, creating change and instilling hope for a better future. View the program brochure (pdf).
In preparation for becoming an Ed Rep through the Children's Advocacy Institute's Educational Representative Program, applicants must view the following training videos in their entirety, and complete other training and eligibility requirements as directed by CAI staff.
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The Dependency Court Process (51 minutes)
Lorenza Craig, Supervising Attorney
San Diego County Public Defender's Office, Dependency Unit
The Delinquency Court Process (59 minutes)
Jo Pastore, Supervising Attorney
San Diego County Public Defender's Office, Delinquency Unit
Ed Rep Role and Responsibilities (53 minutes)
Christina Riehl, Staff Attorney
Elisa Weichel, Administrative Director / Staff Attorney
Children's Advocacy Institute, USD School of Law
Educational Rights and Related Issues (106 minutes)
Katie Ford, Staff Attorney
Special Education Issues (122 minutes)
Margaret Dalton, Cara Lucier
University of San Diego
Foster Youth Perspective (26 minutes)
Former Foster Youth / Foster Youth Advocate