Category Archives: FYA

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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Showcasing Foster Youth-led Action at 2017 Leaders for Change Conference!

Noah Nash/ October 9, 2017/ FYA

FYA’s Foster Youth Action Showcase is an open community event held during Leaders for Change, our national conference bringing together over 100 foster youth and their adult allies representing over 20 foster youth-led groups across the country.  There will also be games, live performances, & giveaways!! Hear directly from young leaders in foster care about their local and state organizing work

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Partner Spotlight: Youth Empowerment Program (Colorado)

Jonathan Doherty/ August 4, 2017/ FYA

My name is Betsy Fordyce and I’m the Director of the new Youth Empowerment Program at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in Denver, Colorado. I’ve always been fascinated in how the law can be used as a tool to help people. For the past 10 years, I’ve had a front row seat at the powerful intersection of law and

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Florida Youth SHINE’s Banner Legislative Year

Jonathan Doherty/ July 26, 2017/ FYA

Our partners at Florida Youth Shine (FYS) are celebrating another banner year of sharing stories, walking the halls of the Florida Capitol, and educating legislators on important issues in child welfare. Any group would be thrilled to have an impact in just one law to help children, and FYS managed to impact several laws this session. Congratulations! Check out their

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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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