March 3, 2015

Their Own Voices: Foster Youth Advocate for Policy Change in Oregon, California & Colorado

    Youth and adult supporters from FYA partner organizations have been busy convening at state capitols where they advocate for policy change to improve the lives of young people in their respective states. FYA supports these groups by providing training and skill-building activities, which help young people better articulate their messages to legislators and […]

December 11, 2014

Changing the FACE of Foster Care in New York

In early 2014, Foster Youth in Action’s founding executive director Janet Knipe discovered that New York City – home to more than 14,000 children and youth in foster care – had NO independent youth voice. Now, because of Foster Youth in Action and the support of people in New York and across the country, a […]

August 21, 2014

Executive Summary Released for FYA’s Advocacy Trainings Project

An executive summary of Foster Youth in Action’s (FYA) research project, conducted in partnership with Dr. Toni Naccarato of the University at Albany, is now available to download. The study, titled Advocacy Trainings Project: A Multi-state Evaluation of Positive Youth Development, seeks to evaluate the impact of participation in FYA’s intensive leadership and advocacy training […]

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 […]