Monthly Archives: November 2013

FYA Honors Youth Law Center’s Jennifer Rodriguez

Christie Renick/ November 26, 2013/ FYA

  On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Foster Youth in Action hosted an intimate gathering of friends and colleagues who came to listen to inspiring young foster youth leaders and to honor the incredible achievements of Jennifer Rodriguez. Many, many thanks to our host, Karen Jones-Mason, for opening her beautiful home for this wonderful event. Twenty-six guests shared hor‘d’oevres, drinks and

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Oregon Foster Youth Connection Receives Emerging Leader Award

Christie Renick/ November 13, 2013/ Oregon

All of us at FYA would like to congratulate Pamela Butler who was recently recognized as an Emerging Leader by Portland Monthly magazine. As FYA’s first program partner, the Oregon Foster Youth Connection has been highly successful at passing legislation to improve outcomes for foster youth and raising awareness of foster care issues both locally and nationally. Pamela has been a

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Leaders for Change 2013: A Huge Success

Christie Renick/ November 13, 2013/ FYA, Leaders 4 Change

Nineteen youth and 8 adults from 7 states joined the Foster Youth in Action staff at Leaders for Change 2013 in San Francisco the weekend of November 1, 2013. Terrific youth leaders and passionate adults from Massachusetts, Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, California and Georgia were together for three days in San Francisco. Strong bonds were built and much fun was

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HEROES visits CA from the East Coast

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ Leaders 4 Change, Massachusetts

Our experience of being in the beautiful city of San Francisco has been amazing. We saw and did so much in just the little time we had. We left our hostel to explore the city of San Francisco. We started at the bay and from the bay you could see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. After we walked

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CYC’s Journey to SF

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ California, Leaders 4 Change

Kate (our supporter) and Korah drove from San Francisco to Monterey to pick up Patterson and Emma. The trip from San Francisco to Monterey is a 2.5 hr drive. Upon picking up Patterson from CSU, Monterey Bay, they drove to Prunedale to pick up Emma. By the time they picked Emma up, Korah confessed to the group that the meal

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Oregon’s “Pilgrimage in a Paragraph”

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ Leaders 4 Change, Oregon

As we take our final descent into San Francisco, the feeling of home didn’t change. The atmosphere is very similar to Portland. The streets have the same feeling, even the people look a bit like Portlandia. Once we began mobbing the streets at night, on Halloween, we began to realize that we were not in Portland anymore. The pace of

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Project Everlast comes to the West Coast

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ Leaders 4 Change, Nebraska

We at Project Everlast landed in San Francisco in an airplane Thursday afternoon. On our way to the youth hostel we were traumatized for life by our crazy shuttle driver. We headed to Fisherman’s Wharf and there we were rejuvenated by the beautiful bay! We were no longer thinking about our traumatizing shuttle ride. We then went to the beach where Akeeme swam

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Mockingbird at Leaders for Change

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ Leaders 4 Change, Washington

Flying to San Francisco, California, was a courageous event for The Mockingbird Society staff. For a few, it was their first time, whether it be flying on a plane or going to California. When we got to San Francisco, we went to Pier 39 to have dinner and ended up seeing Sea Lions and musical piano steps that made you want to dance!

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Day One: Indiana

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ Indiana, Leaders 4 Change

Our journey began in Indiana as we drove to the airport. We were very excited for our trip but not ready to sit for five hours. Tori (Victoria) was scared when the plane took off, it was her first time on an airplane! On the other hand, I (Shaneer) enjoyed the flight other than sitting. When we landed in Vegas

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Georgia EmpowerMEnt

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ Leaders 4 Change

Georgia EmpowerMEnt is looking forward to learning about the Affordable Care Act, how it is relevant to foster youth and what other states are doing to use the act to benefit foster youth’s lives. We will take the experience of the conference back to Georgia to share with our team. – Chase Chitwood, Octavia Fugerson, & Shaquita Ogletree