Youth Fostering Change, one of our youth advocacy programs, offers youth who are currently or formerly involved in the child welfare system the opportunity to evaluate the system and develop and implement a campaign that works toward reform.

Each year, Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates select an area of focus, determine a strategy to address it, and implement their project. Along the way, Juvenile Law Center provides essential support, ensuring that the participants develop the skills they need to succeed.

Projects tackle a range of issues, including educational success, age-appropriate support, foster care placements for older youth, preventing homelessness, and more.

Recent Projects

In 2016-2017, Youth Fostering Change focused on empowering youth in dependency court, specifically by removing barriers that keep youth from attending and actively participating in their own court hearings and decisions about their lives.

From 2015-2016, Youth Fostering Change has been working to improve access to higher education for foster youth. Less than 3% of former foster youth earn a college degree by age 25, but they should have an equal chance to pursue college and become more independent, stable young adults.

From 2014-2015, Youth Fostering Change focused on the issue of homelessness of youth aging out of the child welfare system. Our youth advocates also worked in collaboration with video production experts at Temple University's University Community Collaborative to create a video to raise awareness about the face of youth homelessness.

We're accepting applications for Youth Fostering Change. Submit your application today!

Become a Youth Advocate

We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program for Youth Fostering Change. This program is for youth ages 16-22 who are currently in or have had experiences in foster care and/or the child welfare system. We're looking for young people who have an interest in using their experiences to improve the system for themselves and other youth. Youth advocates meet once a week for two hours at the Juvenile Law Center to build advocacy skills and launch their advocacy campaign. 

The application deadline is September 7, 2018. All applicants will be called for an interview and will know they're final application status by the last week of September 2018. Click here to download the application.

How to Apply

Fill out the appropriate application and drop it off or mail it to the address below. You can also fax your application(s) to 215-625-2808. 

ATTN: Youth Advocacy Program/Applications
Juvenile Law Center
1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Do you work with youth? We'd love to present to your staff and youth about our youth advocacy programs! Contact us by August 3, 2018 if you would like to schedule an in-person presentation.