Building Foster Power in LA and NYC
Posted on July 31, 2018
"Foster Youth Power LA was an incredible experience. From strategies and tactics to assure our voices are heard to power mapping, evaluation, & collective action by standing up for each other, this training had it all! I love all the foster youth I met and the friendships I came in with. We come from all walks of life but we have this one thing in common. We came together to learn how we can play a significant role in impacting policies and injustices affecting us. I am inspired by all these individuals who want to see a change in the foster care system. They are making an impact. Not just for themselves but for all of us. Strength equals numbers and together we can make a difference."
Over two incredible weekends in April and May, FYA and our partners brought more than 70 young people with experience in care from the nation's two largest cities (and child welfare systems!) to get trained in youth organizing and fired up to take action! Drawing on a brand-new curriculum FYA just wrote in collaboration with the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and our founding partner California Youth Connection (CYC), youth leaders from these two communities learned the history of youth organizing, critically analyzed the challenges they are collectively facing, and learned new tools and strategies to organize and act for change. Young people left fired up AND ready to go. A full 97% percent of those who completed surveys at the end of these weekend-long trainings all agreed that they were better prepared and more motivated to organize as a result of these trainings.
Shout-outs to CYC and SOUL, our partners in the Los Angeles Youth training, and FACE youth leaders and iFoster, our NYC partners, without which these Foster Power weekends would not be possible. A special thanks to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for its critical financial support for these powerful events.