New Mobile App for Foster Youth in L.A. County
A new tool for foster youth has hit the app store for iPhone, Blackberry and Android. The free Know Before You Go (B4UGO) mobile app created by the Alliance for Children’s Rights and Children’s Law Center of California is a new lifeline of over 600 resources for current and former foster youth in Los Angeles County.
Too often, foster youth leave the system without the resources they need, resulting in staggering statistics of homelessness, unemployment and school dropout rates. This app is meant to combat the current challenges by connecting youth to available support and services.
Youth can quickly and easily find the closest shelter, community college program for foster youth, transitional housing site, food bank and much, much more! Youth can get directions to these locations in addition to hours and contact information. With 600 resources and growing, this app is set to become the go-to resource for current and former foster youth in Los Angeles County
B4UGO is available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, and it’s WiFi capable so youth can access resources even if their data plan is off. Youth can also opt in to receiving notifications about important deadlines, job fairs and events.
B4UGO also serves as a valuable tool for social workers, advocates and providers who work with youth every day. If you work with foster youth, spread the word by downloading and printing this flyer for youth in your office, or contacting the Alliance for app promo cards.
The app is part of the Know Before You Go campaign created by the Alliance and Children’s Law Center in 2013 to educate and empower transition-age foster youth in Los Angeles County. Learn more about Know Before You Go and available resources for foster youth by clicking here. The campaign and app are made possible with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.