Category Archives: FYA

JUDGE LEONARD EDWARDS: WE NEED A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT IN FOSTER YOUTH ORGANIZING

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2018/ FYA

Judge Leonard Edwards is a retired judge now working as a consultant, educator, and trainer. He served as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County for 26 years and then for six years as Judge-in-Residence at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, a division of the Judicial Council of California.  A passionate and dedicated advocate for foster youth

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WHAT IS YOUTH ORGANIZING? FYA’S ANNA GENNARI BREAKS IT DOWN

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2018/ FYA

Foster Youth in Action has embraced Youth Organizing as our engagement strategy.  Matt Rosen sat down with Anna Gennari, Director of Programs at FYA, to hear her perspective on this unique and effective approach.  Matt: What is youth organizing, and how long has it been around? Anna: Youth organizing is about people power, community, & collective action for change. It is young people with shared experiences building their power and raising up new leaders, and taking targeted action to create systemic change that directly impacts their lives and future generations to come. Hard to

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ON A ROLL: THE YOUTH-DRIVEN MOVEMENT FOR SIBLING RIGHTS FOR FOSTER YOUTH

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2018/ FYA

Did you know that three years in a row, FYA’s national poll of foster youth priorities has Sibling Rights as the #1 Issue for youth across the US – despite existing federal requirements for states to maintain these critical connections? Well, young people across our network are truly listening to their community base, stepping up and taking action to ensure that foster

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FLORIDA’S CHELSEA BRAMBLETT: THE HEALING POWER OF COMMUNITY

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2018/ FYA

  My name is Chelsea. My childhood was spent in what many people might consider a stereotypical “broken home” with domestic violence and substance abuse as a familiar part of the equation. While my mother tried to help me and my sister, there was only so much she could do, so I found myself placed into foster care at the age

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FROM POWERLESS TO POWERFUL: COLORADO’S DOMINQUE MALLARD

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2018/ FYA

“FYA gets us excited and explains exactly how to do organizing.  With the support of FYA we can hear people tell us NO and still keep going.” Dominique (Domo), a young adult from Denver, is a core organizer with Project Foster Power (PFP) of Denver, Colorado.  PFP, one of FYA’ national partners, is supported by the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law

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Shimaine’s Wisdom

Noah Nash/ December 27, 2017/ FYA

My name is Shimaine and I’m a proud member of Georgia Youth EmpowerMEnt as well as Foster Youth in Action’s Leaders United group. People always ask me why the “ME” in “EmpowerMEnt” is capitalized. I answer that it’s our motto: nothing about us without us. We, the foster youth, need to be present in every conversation – you can’t have

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Powerful Voices: FYA’s Inaugural Leadership Awards

Noah Nash/ December 27, 2017/ FYA

At this year’s Leaders for Change Conference, FYA kicked off its inaugural awards program to honor some exceptional folks in our network. This will be an annual event, which includes generous cash prizes for the award recipients.  I wanted to introduce you to the incredible awardees, and tell you more about the special people for whom the awards are named.

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Take a Trip with North Carolina’s SaySo, Inc.

Noah Nash/ December 27, 2017/ FYA

FYA is honored to introduce you to SaySo, Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) of North Carolina, a statewide association of current and former foster youth with an all-youth board of directors and local chapters across NC. FYA had a chance to check in with Carmelita Coleman, SaySo’s Executive Director, about all the powerful work underway, and got the scoop

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Leaders for Change Conference 2017 – Highlights!

Noah Nash/ December 27, 2017/ FYA

“STAND TALL! TOGETHER WE’RE STRONGER”! – The chant starts as a barely audible whisper, growing louder and louder with each repeat, until the culminating roar and cascade of cheering and clapping.  This moving chant was the theme of this year’s Leaders for Change (L4C) Conference, and it could be heard filling the rooms and into the halls of the National

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Foster Youth Leaders to Rally at DC Capitol October 23rd

Noah Nash/ October 9, 2017/ FYA

NATIONAL FOSTER YOUTH RALLY sibling rights  *  foster parent training  *  living independently after care October 23rd at 9:30 AM US Supreme Court, 1 First St. NE, Washington DC [sidewalk] Please join with more than 100 current and former foster youth from nearly 25 states to RALLY FOR CHANGE in the Foster Care System! At this youth-led and youth-planned rally,

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