Young Voices is a youth-led statewide group that seeks motivated individuals to provide VOICES—Vision, Opportunities, Ideas, Creativity, Enthusiasm and Support—to those in foster homes, agencies or independent living arrangements. Young Voices helps to make life better for young adults by using our voices to invoke positive change. Youth want to help their peers become independent adults who can successfully educate others about the child welfare system and take an active role in making life better for themselves and others while in state care.
- Listen to our stories
- Engage in our experiences
- Hear our recommendations
- Advocate for positive change
Young Voices actively:
- advocates and supports other youth.
- educates legislators, foster parents, the public, Child Protective Services, the juvenile justice system and other placement resources about the youth perspective.
- plans, leads and participates in teen conferences and workshops.
- builds positive relationships with similar youth around the state.
- gains life skills necessary to become independent adults.
- shares ideas and develops new methods of creating a positive image.