Do you dream of changing the system for youth who experience care? Do you wonder how you can do it from your corner of the world or while you're still in care? A new year has begun, and it is the perfect time to make a wish into a plan!
We asked the 2018 All-Stars to share a few of the ways they engaged with FosterClub and worked to improve the system for current and former foster youth.
Daniel pledged his birthday on Facebook raising $200 for FosterClub and youth services. Whether you pledged a birthday online or bake a dozen cookies, you can work to support causes you care about. Here are some more fundraising ideas.
Liz said, “I did a blog on the FosterClub Resource Hub and helped get it up to date to help foster youth around the US.” You can share resources with other foster youth by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel also shared his voice and answered FosterClub’s Call to Action regarding the Aderholt Amendment. On July 23, 2018, we put out an Action Alert and thanks to youth voice, the Senate opposed any discriminatory amendments against LGBTQ+ youth from being added to the appropriations bill. Watch for more Action Alerts in 2019. Momo wants you to know, “A youth’s voice is more important than they think.”
Marco said, “I did a house and senate briefing about LGBTQ inequality!” Even if you aren’t an All-Star, you can email or call a congressional leader and share your voice. Watch FosterClub.com for information about legislation relating to youth who experience care.
Phoenix said, “I got to act like a mentor to younger aged foster youth!” Pheonix will also attend the Oregon Foster Youth Coalition Conference. You can share your voice and learn from others at your local conferences or by joining a policy council in your area. You can also share your wisdom or learn from other foster youth online. When you join FosterClub online, you have a chance to comment, and be a part of our online FosterClub Discuss. Ask and answer questions from other youth.
Joseph is the Co-Chair for the Homeless Youth Task Force in Buffalo, New York, where he helps youth stay involved in their own care, advocates for treatment, helps youth understand policy, and more! Do you have an issue you really care about, like youth homelessness? Look for local ways to volunteer and work to improve local systems. Find your states foster care policy council. Attend local conferences and ask leaders how you can share your voice. Learn more about current issues by reading blogs on FosterClub.com.
Yeshi entered the FosterClub Happy Holidays Contest and shared how she keeps traditions from Ethiopia, while celebrating with her foster family. Her story inspired other youth who are navigating celebrating in a new country and family. Watch for more contests and ways to not only share your voice, but ways to win fun prizes!
Young Leaders across the country applied for the Outstanding Young Leader award and recognition in 2018. Watch for more as the winners are announced in 2019! Check out last years winners. They work tirelessly in their hometowns to make life better for foster youth across the country.
These are just a few ways you can get involved with FosterClub in 2019. Learn more ways on our Get Involved page. Watch for the All-Stars in your community, become a FosterClub member and get involved in 2019.
Applications are out for 2019 All-Stars, but the 2018 All-Stars are still rocking the house!