July 31, 2014

Summer Update from Project Everlast

Summer is a busy time for Project Everlast, FYA’s Nebraska partner. Project Everlast councils from across the state are participating in trainings with the Department of Health and Human Services around the Transitioning into Adulthood: My Records binder. A collaborative group of youth and adults from NDHHS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln-Center for Children Families and the Law, […]

June 12, 2014

Third Annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day

In partnership with Foster Club, Foster More, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, and other advocacy organizations, Foster Youth in Action staff and members attended the 3rd Annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day on May 29, 2014, in Washington, D.C. “My experience at Shadow Day 2014 was phenomenal! What impacted me the most was being […]

February 25, 2014

The Mockingbird Times: News & Updates from Youth in Washington State

The only publication of its kind, the Mockingbird Times is a monthly newspaper designed and written by youth who have experienced the challenges of foster care and/or homelessness. This forum for self-expression, the award-winning paper is filled with articles, essays, poetry, art and photography. It is produced by a staff of about 15 to 20 […]

February 12, 2014

FYA Study Presented at Society for Social Work and Research Conference

Dr. Toni Naccarato presented “A Multi-State Evaluation of Positive Youth Development” at The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 2014 Annual Conference on January 17 in San Antonio, Texas. The evaluation is an ongoing research project between Foster Youth in Action, California Youth Connection and the University at Albany. SSWR has more than 1300 […]

January 7, 2014

Child Welfare Leaders & Funders Explore the Impact of Youth-Led Advocacy

On January 6, 2014, Foster Youth in Action (FYA) and California Youth Connection (CYC) presented findings from FYA’s multi-state evaluation of positive youth development and CYC’s report, Building an Evaluation Culture and Changing Lives, to an audience of key child welfare thought leaders and funders.  Hosted by the Stuart Foundation’s Allison Sparks and Teri Kook, […]

December 22, 2013

New Study Demonstrates Effectiveness of FYA Model for Foster Youth

SUNY-Albany researcher Toni Naccarato and her team just released the findings from a study that measured the impact of youth-led advocacy programs on foster youth. Naccarato and FYA founder Janet Knipe met through a colleague at San Jose State University. The two realized they could work together to move the research agenda forward by conducting […]

November 26, 2013

FYA Honors Youth Law Center’s Jennifer Rodriguez

  On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Foster Youth in Action hosted an intimate gathering of friends and colleagues who came to listen to inspiring young foster youth leaders and to honor the incredible achievements of Jennifer Rodriguez. Many, many thanks to our host, Karen Jones-Mason, for opening her beautiful home for this wonderful event. Twenty-six […]

November 13, 2013

Oregon Foster Youth Connection Receives Emerging Leader Award

All of us at FYA would like to congratulate Pamela Butler who was recently recognized as an Emerging Leader by Portland Monthly magazine. As FYA’s first program partner, the Oregon Foster Youth Connection has been highly successful at passing legislation to improve outcomes for foster youth and raising awareness of foster care issues both locally and […]

November 13, 2013

Leaders for Change 2013: A Huge Success

Nineteen youth and 8 adults from 7 states joined the Foster Youth in Action staff at Leaders for Change 2013 in San Francisco the weekend of November 1, 2013. Terrific youth leaders and passionate adults from Massachusetts, Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, California and Georgia were together for three days in San Francisco. Strong bonds were […]

November 1, 2013

HEROES visits CA from the East Coast

Our experience of being in the beautiful city of San Francisco has been amazing. We saw and did so much in just the little time we had. We left our hostel to explore the city of San Francisco. We started at the bay and from the bay you could see the Golden Gate Bridge and […]