Tuesday, January 27, 2009

FosterClub All-Stars Accepting Applications

Each year, 12 young people are selected through a competitive national application process to serve as FosterClub All-Stars. They travel the country motivating and informing their peers, provide child welfare professionals with the perspective from youth, and raise public awareness. The deadline for submission for the application is quickly approaching, March 1, 2009. If you want more details, go to their website: www.fosterclub.com/allstars.


The Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who help make their communities a better place. Applicants must meet the following criteria: The young person’s actions must be described in detail and should document efforts that are above and beyond what is normally expected of a child his or her age. Volunteer efforts should have made a positive impact on others and occurred in the last 12 months. The activity cannot be performed solely to benefit a family member. Applicants must not have graduated high school as of March 15, 2008.
Winners are selected based on the project chosen, the benefits of the project and the actual outcome of the project. KOHL’s will accept nominations from Feb.1-March 15, 2009. The awards range from a $50.00 gift card to a $5,000 scholarship. For more details, go to the website at www.kohlskids.com.


The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio’s Youth Empowerment Program has partnered with Direct Energy to offer leadership awards to recognize youth in Ohio who have experienced homelessness/housing crisis and are trying to better their situations. There will be four (4) leadership awards given each in the amount of $500. Awards will be presented to the winners at the COHHIO conference April 20th and 21st.

Any youth or young adult, in or out of school, (11 to 22) in Ohio who has experienced homelessness or housing crisis, including youth who have lived in shelters, doubled up, independently homeless, or who have lived in other types of transitional or temporary situations are eligible to apply.

The leader award can be used for expenses associated with any leader opportunity identified by the applicant. This may include, but not limited to: Class trips, summer camp, sports, music, art or dance programs and supplies, college fees, GED classes, tutoring, school tuition, extracurricular activities, graduation fees, college visits, test fees and prep courses, summer classes, or anything that will contribute to the personal and leadership development of the youth.

To obtain an application, contact Angela Lariviere or Nick Bates at 614-280-1984. Applications are due March 17, 2009.

O.H.I.O. Youth Advisory Board Statewide Meeting Rescheduled

Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the statewide meeting scheduled for January 15th, 2009 had to be cancelled. The next OHIO Youth Advisory Board statewide meeting will be held on February 19th, 2009 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at FCCS Regional Training Center, 855 W. Mound Street, Columbus, OH. At this meeting, elections will be held and several opportunities for youth involvement will be discussed. Please mark your calendars and save the date!

Help Make OHIO YAB Great in 2009! If you are interested in becoming an OHIO YAB member or an OHIO YAB Adult Supporter contact Arlene Jones at Arlene@pcsao.org or
614) 224-5802.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

FosterClub All-Stars Accepting Applications

How to apply to become a FosterClub All-Star:
Introduction Overview Details How to apply

The application deadline is March 1, 2009.

Part 1: Application

This year the application is completely online. The application is long and may require a few hours to complete. We have provided downloadable Word and PDF versions of the application for preparation of your drafts, which will then be entered into Survey Monkey. We strongly advise you to download the application, review the questions, write out practice essay questions, and then return to Survey Monkey to upload your answers. No incomplete applications are accepted, so please take your time to review questions and allow adequate time to insert your answers on Survey Monkey.

Prepare your application: Go here for the links to the application.


2009 FosterClub All-Star practice Microsoft Word Version

2009 FosterClub All-Star practice Adobe PDF Version
(If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it here.)

Submit the application online:

Official Fosterclub All-Star Online Application

The application deadline is March 1, 2009. If you have any problems with this application process, please call Dan at FosterClub at 503-717-1552.

There are essay questions in the application process. All essays must be filled out entirely for a completed application. FosterClub recommends that you write your essays into a word document, spell check, proof-read, etc. and then copy and paste your essay into Survey Monkey.

If you are providing a Recommendation for a youth applying for the All-Star program, click here.

Part 2: Recommendations

This year the Recommendations must be submitted online using Survey Monkey. The link is provided below (there is also a link at www.fosterclub.com). We require two recommendations from adults who know you. Recommendations should address your leadership skills and any other qualities that would make you a good candidate to become an All-Star. Some people you may want to ask for a recommendation could include employers or managers, teachers, coaches, pastors, Independent Living Providers, leaders of extra-curricular activities (club leaders, scout leaders, etc.), foster parents, or managers of any of your volunteer activities. Recommendations should not be from friends or relatives. Recommendations must be submitted online using the link provided below. The Website will ask the adults a few questions about you and will provide them with a place to make comments. Your application is not complete without two recommendations.

Please direct adults who are submitting recommendations to FosterClub’s front page where a link will be provided for them to submit their recommendations.


Deadline is MARCH 1, 2009

All-Star Selection

FosterClub will make its selections by April 1st. Youth will be selected to represent diversity in foster care experiences, education, current paths (college, employment, job corps, etc.), race, ethnicity and geographical location. Young people who apply but are not selected should in no way view the fact that they weren’t selected as an indication of their abilities or personality. It simply means that other youth were selected this year to help us build a diverse team for the All-Star Program.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a competitive application process and applying does not guarantee your selection to participate in the internship. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Knapp at 503-717-1552. If you are still in care and your caseworker, foster parent or guardian have any questions, we encourage them to call also.

For information, call 503-717-1552 or visit www.fosterclub.com