Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Second OHIO YAB Officers Retreat, in Dayton

The threat of an ice storm prevented our Montgomery County Officers and Officer-in-Training from participating in the OHIO Youth Advisory Board Officers Retreat in January, because the county would not allow youth transportation.

So, we held a follow-up retreat in Dayton on February 5, 2017, to welcome on-board three more of our statewide youth officers.

They brought some great new ideas to the table when it comes to statewide strategies this year - can't wait to see how this all comes together...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 OHIO YAB Officer's Retreat

The 2017 OHIO YAB Officer's Retreat took place on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Dave Thomas Foundation.

Friday, October 21, 2016

2016 OHIO YAB October meeting and Officer Elections

2016 october ohio yab meeting from Lisa Dickson

Outcome of OHIO YAB Officer Elections for 2017:
President Stephfon Kennedy, Cuyahoga County
Vice President Melissa Stroud, Ashtabula/Mahoning County
Media Spokesperson - pending
Secretary Christian Roman, Montgomery County
Parliamentarian Damahri Carter, Franklin County
Treasurer Damiah Wade, Montgomery County

We will also have a team of Officers in Training, which will include:Amy Morlock, Allen County 
Charity McDonald, Allen County 
Malcolm Hazelton, Montgomery County
Ronnie Dotson, Franklin County
Alyssa Woods, Columbiana County
(and Dustin)

Please visit this link for additional photos.

Friday, October 14, 2016

2016 OJACC Conference

Ronnie Dotson and Damahri Carter did an excellent job during the 2016 OJACC Conference.

To see more photos, please visit:

2016 Ohio Fostering Connections Symposium

The following young people did a wonderful job on the Youth and Alumni Panel as part of the 2016 Ohio Fostering Connections Symposium:

  • Deanna Jones, Franklin County
  • Jermaine Ferguson, Union County
  • Laquita Howell, Hamilton County
  • Marissa Alcorn, Montgomery County
  • Melissa Stroud, OHIO YAB Media Spokesperson

To see more photos, please visit:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gabriel Young's Letter of Support for the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act

Good morning,

My name is Gabriel Young. I am the President of the Overcoming Hurdles Ohio Youth Advisory board, also known as the OHIO YAB. The OHIO Youth Advisory Board is a statewide organization for young people age 14-24. Our mission statement is that we exist to be the knowledgeable statewide voice that influences policies and practices that affect all youth who have or will experience out of home care.

I am writing to strongly support the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act. As a foster youth myself, it matters to me that over a thousand Ohio foster care youth “age out” of care every year. Nationally, this number is approximately 22,000.

Far too often, aging out of foster care means aging into homelessness. Foster youth want more than that. What we want most are opportunities to create a successful future.

I am a foster care alumni from Mahoning County. I emancipated the foster care system when I was 18 years old. I was still in high school, and had to work a full time job. This became a huge struggle for me. I had tons of bills pilling up and needed to work more hours to support myself and still go to school.

School was my main priority, but I needed to have a roof over my head and I needed to have food. So I had to make a tough decision either keep going to school or become homeless, so I choose to go to work so i could have somewhere to stay. I paid for my decision. I am graduating a year late, and missed out on 20,00.00 dollars in scholarships due to not graduating on time.

The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act has my full support. I believe that it will improve outcomes for foster youth, decrease the homelessness rate for emancipated youth, and provide them with additional opportunities to contribute to and give back to society.

Gabriel Young
Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board