FYA Familia Grows to 16 Partners, Boosting National Credentials
Logos for YLAT, MYLIFE!, and NJYAB
It doesn’t hurt to be part of a community of resource-givers. Our staff contact at Florida Youth Shine, Geori Berman, said, “I like where [FYA] is headed. In the past year alone, I’ve been impressed with all the new resources and opportunities that Florida Youth Shine can use,and all thenew partner groups.” Within the first quarter of 2016,our FYA familia enhanced its presence in the Northeast U.S. with the addition of three new partners:
Each new organizations brings new professionals to the table as our primary staff contacts:
Carlton Fonville from MYLIFE!
Maine – Shannon Saxby: a policy analyst for the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and a seasoned facilitator for YLAT
Maryland – Carlton Fonville: an Independent Living Coordinator for Maryland’s Department of Human Resources and a professor at Bowie State University
New Jersey – Elizabeth Salerno: the youth advisory board coordinator for the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she also graduated with her MSW
Props to Maine’s Shannon Saxby for wasting no time in adding value to the network by sharing six guides, ranging from youth engagement curriculum to influencing foster care policy. Shannon told us, “We continue to be inspired and enthused about our work reaching a larger network of people. Sometimes you can feel like a lone wolf as a young person coming to group gatherings, so it’s nice for them to be reminded that there’s a larger audience of people who care and are putting in the work.”
With three new partners, FYA is on pace to break our record in 2015, a year when we added six new partners to our community. FYA continues to focus on building a national platform from the ground up. Each of our partner organizations ascribes to some version of our core philosophy: amplify the collective and unfiltered voice of foster youth for positive change.