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Jamie Lee Evans, MSW
Jamie was hired in 1991 by the California Youth Connection (CYC) to facilitate a 150-person group envisioning the future of CYC and its work organizing foster youth in California. As a foster care survivor, she says, “the CYC project was like coming home.” Now, as the director of the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project (YTP), a branded project of CYC, she feels she is doing the work she was meant to do: “I am good at expanding the space around people so they can breathe, express, imagine, heal, grow . . . be.”
Inspired by YTP wellness retreats, she has become a student of Muay Thai Kickboxing. She also enjoys riding her bike, bad reality TV, public radio, and making community with former foster youth. Jamie holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University.
Due to a positive and supportive legal guardian, Kevin did not connnect with his foster youth identity until he reached community college, and enrolled in Los Angeles City College Guardian Scholars. During this period, Kevin got involed with local, state, and federal foster youth advocacy via California youth Connnection. Kevin is now helping advocate for youth perspective, and youth developed and implemented training, to be included in the California child welfare training system.
Kevin is passionate about leadership development, and helps train Youth Trainers to deliver professional training to social worker, mental health clinicians, and various other huma service professionals.
Kevin received a BA in Philosophy from University of San Francisco, and currently resides in Oakland, CA.
Jeanie Yoon, MPH
Jeanie Yoon is the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project's Wellness Coordinator. In her role, Jeanie helps oversee all aspects of YTP's wellness programming, which includes organizing twice-yearly retreats for YTP's youth trainers and implementing staff wellness activities. Prior to joining YTP, Jeanie worked for the Berkeley High School Based Clinic, City of Berkeley Public Health Department and Regional Health Education Department at Kaiser. Jeanie holds a Bachelor's in Sociology from UC Berkeley and Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Science from UCLA.