Youth Support Services

Youth Support Services provides technical assistance to Shasta County Districts to support Foster Youth Programs, Homeless and McKinney Vento, Tobacco Use Prevention Education and Safe Schools. We work closely with Interagency partnerships, including Shasta County Family Services, Probation, Public and Mental Health Departments. The Department facilitates an Executive Advisory Council that meets quarterly to assure the effective delivery and monitoring of services.

Heidi Brahms
Director - Youth Support Services

Deborah Wallace
Director - Youth Support Services

Marie Hyres
Administrative Assistant
530.255.5390

Karen Cross
Program Assistant
530.225.5115

1550 California St.
Redding, CA. 96001
Fax: 530.225.3897

Youth Support Services provides technical assistance to Shasta County Districts to support Foster Youth Programs, Homeless and McKinney Vento, Tobacco Use Prevention Education and Safe Schools. We work closely with Interagency partnerships, including Shasta County Family Services, Probation, Public and Mental Health Departments. The Department facilitates an Executive Advisory Council that meets quarterly to assure the effective delivery and monitoring of services.

Collaborative Partners

Shasta County Office of Education Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, through a memorandum of understanding, works with Health and Human Services to provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care.

Shasta County FYSCP Partners

  • All Shasta County School Districts
  • Child and Family Services
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Shasta County Probation
  • Independent Living Program
  • Foster Family Agencies
  • California Department of Education
  • Youth Violence Prevention Council
  • California Youth Connection

Executive Advisory Council

The Executive Advisory Council includes representatives from Shasta County Child Welfare Agency, Probation, local educational agencies, local post-secondary educational institutions, and community organizations. The function of the Council is to prioritize the funding, services and efforts of the program and, on a quarterly basis review the progress of foster youth services coordinating plan.

Executive Advisory Members

  • Shasta County Probation, Juvenile Services
  • Shasta County Mental Health
  • Shasta County Children and Family Services
  • Shasta County Special Education Local Plan Agency (SELPA)
  • Shasta Union High School District Foster Youth Liaison
  • Gateway Unified Foster Youth Liaison
  • Victor Youth Services Group Home Executive Director
  • Shasta Community College Foster Youth Program
  • Shasta County Foster Youth Services Coordination Program Coordinator

Foster Youth

The Shasta County Office of Education’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) is to provide support to foster youth and districts through guidance and inter-agency collaboration around school permanency, enrollment and streamlined school transitions with the outcome of increasing academic success for students in foster care.

The collaborative integrates community resources for families and provides children opportunities for real permanence; promotes a safe, stable, healthy, nurturing environment enabling children to flourish and become independent, productive adults making responsible choices.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Shasta County Elementary schools commonly use the Second Step Program which teaches violence prevention and integrates academics with social and emotional learning. Children from preschool through Grade 8 can learn and practice vital social skills such as empathy, emotion management, problem solving, and cooperation. These essential life skills help students in the classroom, on the playground, and at home.

As part of Tobacco Use Prevention Education and Safe and Drug Free Programs, activities that our schools and community partnerships have made possible include Red Ribbon Week, Friday Night Live, Club Cougar and Sober Grad Night.

Safe Schools

The Shasta County Office of Education supports our districts with determination of homeless and unaccompanied youth status and with the practices that support the students' educational success.

Safe Schools program provides support to school programs and communities to develop safe school culture and supportive learning environment. Trainings, technical assistance and resources assist districts in the prevention and intervention services to build a safe, orderly and positive behavior environment for academic success and positive youth development.

A safe school environment is one that strives to:

  • prevent violence in and around schools
  • prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • involve parents and communities
  • maintain a current Safe School Plan
  • coordinate with related federal, state, school, and community efforts and resources to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement
  • promote youth development and resiliency
  • includes protective factors as part of this effort