project Foster Power hosts Rally at the Capitol for Colorado’s Foster Youth Voice Day
An initiative of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, project Foster Power is a group of current and former foster youth, ages 15 to 25, working to improve the foster care system through youth-led organizing and advocacy. The group is focused on helping youth know their rights and develop the skills to advocate for themselves. As part of their 2018 “Youth Voice, Youth Choice” Campaign, project Foster Power will host a Youth Voice Rally at the Capitol. The Youth Voice Rally is an opportunity to bring together youth and adult allies who recognize the power of youth voice and believe that young people should participate in decision-making processes, particularly those impacting their own lives. The rally will also feature the presentation of Governor Hickenlooper’s Proclamation for Colorado’s Foster Youth Voice Day. By coming out to the Rally, you are saying to foster youth, “We are ready to ‘pass the mic’ to hear what you have to say. We are listening, and we hear you.”
Details: Youth Voice Rally
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol
In a movement that is sweeping the country, youth are standing up and speaking out to promote positive change in their own communities. project Foster Power is gaining its own momentum, with youth using their personal experiences to advocate for large scale system reform. In the second half of 2017 alone, project Foster Power reached nearly 120 youth in beginning to build a collective, youth-led voice focused on action. After 9 “Listening Tour” stops, each providing an opportunity to hear directly from current and former foster youth, the group chose their 2018 Campaign, “Youth Voice, Youth Choice” – a powerful push they will highlight at the Rally.
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC) is a Denver-based nonprofit organization providing legal and advocacy services to children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma or other risks. RMCLC also works in policy advocacy to promote systemic reforms and improvements in the best interest of children. RMCLC has served more than 25,000 children in its 36-year history. www.childlawcenter.org
project Foster Power
project Foster Power is a group of current and former foster youth, ages 15-25, working to improve the child welfare system. Through youth organizing and advocacy, this group seeks to harness power in numbers to create youth-led change. project Foster Power is the Colorado partner of Foster Youth in Action, a national network of 23 groups across the country who believe in the power of foster youth voice.