Our Vision:

Help youth become successful adults by preparing them to participate fully in their education, their workplaces and their communities.

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Foster Youth

The national campaign focused on supporting a pipeline of competitive, job-ready foster youth for employment across a variety of industries and fields.

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Our Heritage:

Walter S. Johnson was born in East Saginaw, Michigan in 1884. He moved West while still a youngster, ultimately settling in San Francisco, and graduated from the University of California law school in 1914.

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The Walter S. Johnson Foundation assists transition-aged foster and other vulnerable youth in Northern California and Nevada, to become successful adults.

Our Funding Priorities

Transition-Aged Foster Youth

1 To ensure a successful transition to adulthood, WSJF partners with state and county social service agencies, post-secondary institutions, community-based organizations, and other foundations to create an integrated system of services for current and former foster youth aged 14 to 24.

Education Completion Strategies and Employment Opportunities

2 WSJF works with post-secondary institutions, including community college and vocational training programs, to address barriers to completion at the systems and classroom level. WSJF support career and employment training programs which complements educational and training support programs.

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