Category Archives: FYA

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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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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