Category Archives: FYA

Meet Brian

Jonathan Doherty/ June 22, 2017/ FYA

My name is Brian and I represent Project Everlast in Nebraska as a proud member of the Leaders United group with Foster Youth in Action. I went to the Leaders for Change conference last year and was really struck by all of the stories I heard that were similar to mine. So many other youth talked about the problems of abuse, addiction, poverty, injustice

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Meet Nancy

Jonathan Doherty/ June 22, 2017/ FYA

My name is Nancy and I’ve been a longtime supporter of Foster Youth in Action both as a donor and former Board member. It all started when my daughter was in grad school writing a paper on California state law. California Youth Connection (CYC) was heavily involved in a bill that proposed to extend foster care to age 21. As

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FYA Partners Weave Web of Connections

Noah Nash/ April 4, 2017/ FYA

FYA PARTNERS WEAVE WEB OF CONNECTIONS A network cannot hold merely through threads radiating out from the center.  Our strength and resilience comes not just from the depth of FYA’s connections to each of our partners, but through the connections and links between and among them.   These cross-network partnerships are blossoming at FYA.  See below for two great examples of

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FYA partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Baker &– McKenzie law firm for Bay Area foster youth leadership opportunity

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2017/ California, FYA

FYA partners with HP Enterprise and Baker &– McKenzie law firm for Bay Area foster youth leadership opportunity: Youth Leader Susan Page gives her perspective FYA had the unique opportunity to partner with the incredible pro bono team of the international law firm Baker-McKenzie and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to design and deliver a special youth leadership event for youth

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New Foster Youth Voice Program lifts off in Denver

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2017/ FYA

New Foster Youth Voice Program lifts off in Denver Colorado’s Foster youth now have a powerful program to help raise up their voices, thanks to the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. Betsy Fordyce, Director of the new Youth Empowerment Program at the Center, has hit the ground running, and it’s already taking shape. She’s hiring two young adult organizers and

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Chronicle of Social Change Covers FYA’s 2016 Poll of Foster Youth Issues

Christie Renick/ February 16, 2017/ FYA

We are excited to report that FYA’s 2016 Poll of Foster Youth Issues received recent coverage in the the Chronicle of Social Change.  The article highlighted, among other facts, that “Results indicated that sibling visitation, homelessness prevention, college access and success, and opportunities for independent living are the top priorities among current and former foster youth.” Go here to read

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An Open letter to the Foster Youth in Action Community

Christie Renick/ November 9, 2016/ FYA

November 9th, 2016 Dear Friends, colleagues, allies, and partners, This election has shown the deep divisions in this country and is a stark reminder of how important it is for us to remain united in our struggle for justice. Our country is divided, but Foster Youth in Action (FYA) remains deeply committed to working across states and other lines that

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In DC on Saturday, October 22nd? Please join us for a National Showcase of Foster Youth Action!

Christie Renick/ October 10, 2016/ FYA

Please Join Us Foster Youth Action Showcase  Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 10:00am – 12:30pm Hear Presentations from young leaders in foster care about their local and state advocacy work Welcome 10:00am Presentations & Q&A 10:15am Networking 12:00pm   Learn More About Priority Issues identified by young people who have experienced foster care National 4-H Conference Center 7100 Conncecticut Ave Chevy Chase, MD

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FYA to hold first press conference on National foster youth priorities October 24th

Christie Renick/ October 9, 2016/ FYA

FYA is so excited to hold our first press conference as the culminating event of the national conference on October 24th.  TWENTY-ONE foster youth-led organizations representing their states come together to release the results of Foster Youth in Action’s national poll on the priorities of today’s foster youth. Foster Youth leaders from around the country are slated to speak, and

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2015 Leaders for Change Conference a Great Success!

Christie Renick/ December 14, 2015/ FYA, Leaders 4 Change

I can say the Leaders for Change Conference was the best conference I have ever been to. At the end, I felt knowledgeable, liberated, and empowered.   – Youth Attendee This year’s Leaders for Change conference comprised the largest group of foster youth advocates to ever convene in Washington, DC. In October 2015, more than 80 youth and adult allies from

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