Youth Fostering Change

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.

"These last two years I have had the opportunity to advocate for youth in the child welfare system by sharing my different experiences both good and bad. It has made me an excellent leader." Jasmine, Youth Fostering Change

Join us!

We recruit for Youth Fostering Change each summer and post application materials here in late spring/early summer.

If you are interested in getting involved with Youth Fostering Change or using Youth Fostering Change materials, please contact us!

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