Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 OHIO YAB Mid-Year Retreat

During the 2016 OHIO YAB Mid-Year Retreat, officers accomplished the following:
  1. They updated the OHIO YAB Code of Conduct and Constitution (both were initially created in 2006, and have had minimal updates since then -- a ten-year-old Youth Board needs and deserves a second look at their founding documents)
  2. They brainstormed ideas for a future Media Policy to safeguard youth and ensure communication with adult supporters, so we can be informed about the opportunity and able to help prepare them and debrief afterward
  3. They reviewed proposed budget items, line by line, with an eye toward tools and opportunities to support foster youth leaders throughout Ohio
  4. They created a list of ideas for additional training modules that ACTION Ohio can develop and share with state, regional and county boards to help support foster youth leaders (such as: how to engage with the media and how to facilitate a meeting)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 April OHIO YAB Meeting

Deeply impressed by the continued growth and development in each of our statewide officers:

  • Gabe as President, in fearlessly taking on the task of facilitating a meeting and making sure it begins and ends on time, and allocating just enough time to cover each topic. 
  • ReShawn as Parliamentarian/VP, who observes and attends to every behind-the-scenes detail, such his actions today in troubleshooting equipment, folding and perforating the business cards we had donated, and taking notes on everything that every attending youth said. 
  • Melissa as Media Spokesperson, who has navigated through her first and second news interview, and is currently preparing for her third (this process is not easy, and she gives her utmost to every moment). 
  • Kamry as Secretary, with her awesome insights and fresh new ideas about working on an OHIO YAB newsletter to send out in the future. 
  • Brittany as Treasurer who safeguards each opportunity afforded to her, and tries to figure out a way to help others.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2016 DC Sightseeing and Journeys Home

Thursday was a day to relax and celebrate the many accomplishments that youth had made during their fourth annual trip to DC.

ACTION Ohio (Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now) was honored to sponsor and facilitate this week’s adventure.

2016 Legislative Visits - Day Two

Legislative Visits on Wednesday were followed up by a Celebratory Dinner, sponsored by Casey Family Programs.

2016 Legislative Visits - Day One

On Tuesday and Wednesday, youth visited 15 legislators' offices to share their two proposals.

2016 Three Days on the Hill - Training and Meeting with HUD and HHS

On Monday morning, youth participated in training, preparation and practice.

Followed by a 4 pm meeting at HUD Headquarters in Julian Castro's official meeting room that included their staff and representatives from Health and Human Services, including the head of the Children's Bureau.

Youth brought two proposals:

1. HUD-FASH:  A foster care housing program based off an existing successful veteran housing program. The youth asked that this program be implemented and made into an Ohio demonstration project (make it happen and we will show that it can work)

2. A proposal regarding Chafee, which is existing funding to help youth aging out of care, but has been flat funded since 1999 (meanwhile, the number of youth served is increasing)