Alum Lucias Bouge is moving mountains. Not only is he active in the Alumni Program, he is also a determined advocate for foster youth.
Having found his voice, Lucias is working for to improve the lives of foster youth in Los Angeles County, including those who, like himself, have also been incarcerated.
As a representative of the Independent Living Program at Long Beach City College, Lucias participated in the AB 12 Youth Summit at the LA Convention Center on August 20th. AB 12, which was signed into law in 2010, is designed to help transitioning youth remain in foster care beyond the age of 18. Youth who choose to remain in foster care will be eligible for extended foster care payments and services. Probation youth who are in foster care placement may also be eligible to remain in foster care. Effective January 1, 2012, youth may choose to remain in foster care until the age of 19. On January 1, 2013, the option is extended until the age of 20 and may be further extended on January 1, 2014 up to age 21.
Lucias also spoke out at a rally on November 21st, organized by the California Youth Connection, to protest the Superior Courts’ proposed blanket order to automatically open juvenile dependency court hearings to the media and the public.
“It’s just not okay—there are children that are… taken from their parents because of really traumatizing situations, and to open that up to the public is just a complete invasion of privacy and our personal rights,” Lucias said at the rally.