Education: College / Higher Ed
Rights in Foster Care
Youth in Progress - New York
About this resource"Our mission is to enhance and advance the lives of today's and tomorrow's foster youth by supporting our sense of self and responsibility. To do this, we pledge to educate everyone involved in the various systems Youth In Progress members represent, to the realities of this experience."Work We Have DoneServe on leadership boards for agencies, local districts, and national organizationsParticipate in a variety of speaking engagements and conferences, regionally, statewide, and nationallyAct as co-trainers for caseworkers, direct care staff, and foster parentsHelp produce and appear in training videos specific to working with adolescents in careParticipate and conduct focus groupsAssist in the planning and hosting of annual regional Youth Voice EventsOngoing GoalsRaising public awareness of the experiences of youth in careIncreasing youth involvement in all systems that touch their livesEmpowering youth through the development of leadership and decision-making skillsImproving policies and practices to assist youth to transition out of foster careWhat We Give and GetRaised awareness about the foster care experienceSocialization with others in similar experiences (outside of placement)A peer support networkEmpowerment from shared experiencesDevelopment of leadership and decision-making skillsFoster care awareness eventsResume building points for volunteering/advisingThe satisfaction of helping to improve foster care in New York State
Youth In Progress consists of youth ages 14 and up involved in foster care ("Youth Leaders"), as well as their network of support.