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 building up a group of core youth members, who will take the lead in identifying priority issues, organizing their peers, and taking action locally and statewide.
 
According to Betsy, “We at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center are so excited to be launching a powerful new initiative to connect current and former foster youth, collectively raise up their voices, and create system change across the Denver Metro area.  Along the way, FYA has been an incredible support for us – sharing best practices, answering even the smallest of questions, and encouraging us to keep momentum going.  We are so grateful to be joining this network!”
 
Betsy and her staff have been doing a lot of listening to youth about what they want to change, and what she’s hearing is profound.  Foster youth really want a voice in changing policy and practice, AND they are also excited to change the “culture” of the system – including how young people are viewed and engaged in cases. FYA looks forward to hearing about the important change-making we know will be happening soon!
 
For more info about the program, please contact Betsy Fordyce at BFordyce@childlawcenter.org