Youth Support Services

Youth Support Services provides technical assistance to Shasta County Districts to support Foster Youth Programs, Homeless and McKinney Vento, and Tobacco Use Prevention Education. 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.

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future". Franklin D. Roosevelt



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Austin Preller
Director - Youth Support Services

Cynthia Vengley
Family & Youth Support Coordinator

Marie Hyres
Administrative Assistant
Fax: 530-232-9045

Laura Ingalls
Program Assistant

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

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 Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program Partners

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



Foster Youth Executive Advisory Council

The Foster Youth 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.

Homeless Education

Shasta County Office of Education, Youth Support Services, provides support to homeless students and school districts through technical assistance and inter-agency collaboration around school stability, with the outcome of increasing academic success for students experiencing homelessness.

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.