FYA trains and equips foster youth to be strong leaders and organizers; grows the capacity of groups to engage a broad base of youth to work for justice; and connects change agents across the country.
FYA Organizers Fellowship is a paid, year-long opportunity designed for young adults organizers and leaders representing local groups in our FYA Network. Built on a foster youth organizing framework, the Fellowship is a unique opportunity for local groups to build organizational capacity by equipping the next generation of leaders with fundamental youth organizing skills to build local power, mobilize young people, and create change in their community and across the FYA Network.
During their year commitment, Fellows participate in an intensive in-person youth organizing institute, are trained in FYA's Foster Power Curriculum, join monthly virtual cohort learning sessions, and then use their skills to implement a local organizing project in partnership with their local group. Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows also have the opportunity to be a part of our FYA training team as well as leadership opportunities throughout theNetwork
Drawing on our framework and curriculum, FYA’s Capacity Building Services offer a variety of training, curriculum, and technical assistance for local groups seeking to grow their membership base, lead grassroots campaigns, and raise up the next generation of leaders.
We help to start and build new organized groups as well as provide critical training for existing groups who want to move along the youth engagement continuum towards a more collective action approach.
FYA connects an international network of independent foster youth-led groups across the U.S. and Canada. Through the FYA Network, local groups build relationships, exchange learning, and share important tool and resources that support local action and a shared commitment to radically transforming the foster care system. Network Members also have access to online tools, virtual forums and webinars, personal coaching and and assistance from FYA Staff, and reduced-fees to attend FYA’s Leaders for Change Conference each year.