New advocacy group for young people who have experienced or are currently in the foster care system launched

The Youth Empowerment Program at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center is built on the belief that by empowering foster youth to be strong leaders, amplifying their voices, and creating opportunities for influence, the culture and practice of Colorado child welfare will change for the better. The central focus of this work is project Foster Power initiative.

Project Foster Power is an advocacy group for young people, ages 15 to 25, who have previously experienced or are currently in the foster care system. Using youth organizing principles, this group aims to harness power in numbers to create change through organizing, advocacy, education, and leadership development. project Foster Power is the Colorado partner of Foster Youth in Action, a national network of 23 independent groups from across the country who believe in the power of foster youth voice.

Know a youth who might want to get connected? Want to find ways to support our efforts?

Here are some upcoming ways to get involved:

  • Meet one-on-one to learn more about the work.
  • Refer youth to the project so they can learn more details directly.
  • Encourage youth to attend one of the project's Summer Series member recruitment events (August 18th & August 27th)! Download event flyer
  • Support youth in joining the team and encourage them to attend the project's first member meeting on September 16th!
  • Coordinate a stop on the project's Fall 2017 “Listening Tour” so that core youth organizers can meet with youth you know, hear their ideas for system improvement, identify issues for the coming year, and prepare to take action!

For more information:

Call (303) 692.1165 or Email: 
Betsy Fordyce, Program Director bfordyce@childlawcenter.org 
Jayneanne Finch, Lead Organizer jfinch@childlawcenter.org 

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