Foster Youth Services was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Bell Award in 2004 in the category of Student Support given by the California School Boards Association. The program also received a commendation by State Superintendent Jack O’Connell and a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
The Tutor Connection Program has become a recognized ‘Best Practice’ model locally, statewide and nationally. The program has worked to bridge the worlds of public education and public child welfare, increasing both systems’ awareness of each other’s missions, goals and mandates.
The Tutor Connection Program has received the following recognitions or awards:
- Challenge Awards Merit recipient of the California State Association of Counties for populations over 700,000 in November 2007.
- Award was received from California State University’s Service Learning as a model program in 2005
- The Tutor Connection Program was awarded the “Changing a Lifetime” award at the Foster Care Month Kick-Off Event on May 1, 2007
- Certificate of Recognition for providing excellence in tutoring services to youth in foster care by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, May 3, 2007.
- The Tutor Connection Program was selected as a best practice of collaboration for increasing the educational outcomes of foster youth in Washington D.C. at the National Education Roundtable in May 2007
- The Tutor Connection Program was recognized by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation at the Corporation for National & Community Service’s (CNCS) 2008 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The program was designated by the foundation as a Certified Carter Partnership for meeting their standards for excellence in academic campus-community collaboration and received an award of $10,000 to support the Tutor Connection Program activities.