NEWS: Bill to Improve Lives of Foster Youth Passes Committee

JUNEAU— Thursday, the House Health and Social Services Committee passed House Bill 27 sponsored by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage). The bill seeks to improve the lives of foster youth in Alaska by getting them into permanent loving homes, so they don’t keep suffering damage and neglect caused by bouncing between multiple temporary foster homes and schools. Rep. Gara thanks the members of the Health and Social Services Committee for their work on the bill.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Launching Holiday “Laptops 4 Foster Youth” Drive, Saving You $, Holiday Giving & Not Wasting More State $ On Rockets

It’s close to the Holidays. If you’re like me, you don’t want to talk a lot of politics. So let’s talk about:
1. The launch of our 2014 Holiday Laptops for Foster Youth Drive (thanks to you we’ve matched roughly 400 laptops with foster youth so far);
2. A potential last??? chance for you to get State Rebate$ for upgrading the heating and energy efficiency at your homes; and,
3. Holiday donation and volunteer needs if you haven’t figured where to direct your efforts.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Thanksgiving Donation Needs; $20,000 Donated for Foster Youth Laptops & Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

I and other legislators were not allowed to send out newsletters in the month before the November election. That’s why you haven’t received a newsletter in a while. But, well, that season of loud ads is thankfully over.

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News: $20,000 Donated To Get Laptops To Help Alaska’s Growing Foster Youth Population

Anchorage-Today Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) announced a major donation to the “Laptops for Foster Youth” effort. The goal is to get needed laptop computers to Alaska’s growing number of foster youth. A few years ago there were roughly 1,700 foster youth in Alaska. Today there are approximately 2,200 foster youth in the state.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Foster Care Numbers Spike, Need for Laptops Rises; Good East High Stadium Progress

As you know, we’ve spearheaded a volunteer effort with Facing Foster Care in Alaska to get the word out that foster youth face yet another disadvantage in life. Many of them – probably most – don’t have a computer to do school work with. We want foster youth to succeed. That’s both our job as the legal guardian of Alaska’s foster youth, and the moral thing to do.

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Note from Rep. Gara: How Education Cuts Are Tied To the Oil Giveaway; Foster Youth Volunteer Training

OK, this will be short. Really. I’ve spent the week writing a detailed document on how the oil giveaway passed last year requires nothing from oil companies in return for their billions in Alaska tax breaks. Giving away billions without requiring anything in return is a fool’s game. And it’s killing our schools.

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