Monday, July 11, 2016

Appreciation for the Dave Thomas Foundation

Arlene Jones, founding member of the OHIO YAB and ACTION Ohio member

Over the weekend, Ohio foster care youth and alumni leaders from all over the state issued themselves #TheSelfieChallenge to express their gratitude and appreciation to Rita Soronen and the Dave Thomas Foundation.

Melissa Stroud, OHIO YAB Media Spokesperson
MaryAnn Dowd, participant in Three Days on the Hill
Brittany Sergent, OHIO YAB Treasurer

Allissa Mitchell, two-term President of the OHIO Youth Advisory Board
Jamole Callahan, ACTION Ohio

Adrian McLemore, founding member and first President of the OHIO YAB
Nicole Chinn, ACTION Ohio Treasurer


Dorothy Dodson, former OHIO YAB Parliamentarian

Tatyana Rozhnova, ACTION Ohio

Doris Edelmann, OHIO YAB co-facilitator and ACTION Ohio Legislative Chair
Lisa Dickson, OHIO YAB co-facilitator and ACTION Ohio Communications Chair,
with Tyneisha, Brittany and Adrian at the 2011 Wendy's Wonderful Kids Summit




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.