Monday, August 25, 2014

OHIO Youth Advisory Board ~ Officer Bootcamp

Youth participants did a wonderful job during the OHIO Youth Advisory Board's first Office Bootcamp.

Training topics included:
  1. Officer Professionalism
  2. Public Speaking 
  3. Effective Advocacy
Many thanks to Melinda Sykes Haggarty, Alex Gilbert, Julie Willis, Doris Edelmann, Lisa Dickson and Ann Bischoff for your role in helping to make this event a success.

OHIO YAB Officers in 2015

Acting President
Allissa Mitchell,  Stark County
Acting Vice President Violet Ramunni, Summit County
Media Spokesperson Michael Bolwaire, Cuyahoga County
Parliamentarian Samuel King, Franklin County
Treasurer Nathan Springs, Franklin County
Secretary Damahri Carter, Franklin County

*Violet will partner with Dominique Jefferson of Cuyahoga County

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teening Up for Success Conference in NE Ohio

Northeast Ohio foster care youth and alumni greatly enjoyed participating in the Teening Up for Success conference, hosted by Stark and Lorain counties.

2014 July OHIO Youth Advisory Board Meeting

Congratulations to newly elected OHIO Youth officers during the July meeting. These officers will take office in January 2015.

Youth and Alumni Voice During the 2014 OFCA Conference

The Ohio Family Care Association hosts an annual statewide conference for resource parents, including foster, adoptive, kinship, respite and even some biological parents.

The Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America had the honor of facilitating the resource panel for foster parents. Panelists included three foster care youth, two foster care alumni and three organizational representatives from Ohio Reach, Capital Law School's Foster Youth Advocacy Clinic and the Ohio Benefit Bank.

The focus was on resources to support teens in foster care before and during their transition into young adulthood.

Youth and alumni did a wonderful job during the OFCA conference:

  • They presented themselves in a professional manner 
  • They were positive in the delivery of their message 
  • They were well-prepared, and the time they took to prepare led to their message being effective 
The ally presenters from Ohio Reach, Capital Law School and the Ohio Benefit Bank were knowledgeable and informative, and the resources they shared were relevant to the presentation, and well-received by the audience.

Foster parents were very receptive, and post-panel conversations were productive. Several foster parents expressed interest in taking youth in their care (ages 15+) to upcoming teen conferences.


Friday, June 13, 2014

SW Connecting the Dots Conference with Keynote Speaker, Antwone Fisher

Ohio foster care youth and alumni greatly enjoyed participating in the second annual SW Ohio Connecting the Dots conference in Dayton.