Youth Support Services

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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


Autumn Poole

Administrative Assistant


Fax: 530-232-9045


Cheryl Harlow

Program Assistant



Jennifer Cobb

TUPE Coordinator



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

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.