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October-December 2010


NCYL Celebrates the Holidays

January 1, 2011
NCYL staff, alumni, and friends gathered on December 10, 2010 at the Oakland home of NCYL Director John O’Toole and his wife, Jean Hom, for the Center’s annual holiday party. As always, everyone had a wonderful time!

At the Center — Oct-Dec 2010

January 1, 2011

Former NCYL Law Clerk Kate Walker Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Congratulations to Kate Walker who will join NCYL in Fall 2011 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow! Kate’s fellowship project will focus on the needs of sexually exploited minors in Alameda County, California. Kate,

Funding News — Oct-Dec 2010

January 1, 2011

Thank You!

NCYL is delighted to acknowledge those who gave in 2010 to support our work for low-income children.
Foundations, Government, and Organizations
$350,000 to $500,000
The Atlantic Philanthropies
Public Welfare Foundation
Sandler Foundation
$100,000 to $349,999
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Richard and Rhoda Goldman…

NCYL in the News — Oct-Dec 2010

January 1, 2011
Youth Today
Jan. 1, 2011
Newsmakers for January 2011 The Oakland, Calif.-based National Center for Youth Law tapped Nancy Berger to serve as director of development. Her most recent position was donor relations manager at Knoxville Zoological Gardens in Tennessee, and before that, she did…

Foster Youth Education Website Launches

January 1, 2011
The CA Foster Youth Education Task Force website is up and running! Check it out at The site includes information on the upcoming Education Summit, Task Force publications, and other information. NCYL developed the site, which will be maintained and updated by the…

NCYL Will Appeal Dismissal of Foster Care Reform Case in Las Vegas

January 1, 2011
NCYL will appeal a recent District Court ruling dismissing its lawsuit against Nevada officials to reform the foster care system in Clark County (Las Vegas), arguing that the Court erroneously denied foster children the legal protections they are entitled to. Acting on a motion by…

Governor Grants Clemency to Sara Kruzan

January 1, 2011
Kruzan’s Life Without Parole Sentence Commuted Sara Kruzan, who was sentenced to life without parole when she was just 16 for killing her 37-year-old pimp, was granted clemency by outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Governor reduced Sara’s sentence to 25 years to life, allowing…

R. Sargent Shriver, 1915-2011

January 1, 2011
The National Center for Youth Law mourns the death of Robert Sargent Shriver, a champion of equal rights and opportunities for all Americans. We work every day to live up to his example.

Beyond the Basics: How Extracurricular Activities Can Benefit Foster Youth

January 1, 2011
By Stephanie Klitsch Although advocates and policymakers have paid more attention to improving educational outcomes for foster youth in recent years,1 these efforts have largely ignored the role that extracurricular activities can play in youths’ overall academic performance. Playing on a soccer team or…