There are a lot of words that people who work with youth use that are sometimes hard to understand. That’s why we’ve linked many of these words to this page where we’ve got a list of definitions, called a glossary.
Board of Directors: every *non-profit organization* must have a Board of Directors: a group of volunteers who are elected by members to be responsible for governing or overseeing the organization; to make sure we are following our mission, setting and meeting goals, following the law, and spending our money responsibly.
Bursary: is an amount of money that you can get by applying and competing with other young people. You don’t have to be the top in your class, but you have to prove your dedication to your educational plan and that you NEED the money.
Bylaws: are the official rules that members have created to decide how important decisions will be made in the organization. These rules outline who will be members, what powers those members will have, how important meetings will be run, how to elect board members, etc. They are the most important rules of the organization and require member involvement to change. Bylaws can only be changed at the *Annual General Meeting* (AGM) or a special extraordinary meeting.
CCO: means continuing care order which is the legal document that brings a young person fully into government care. This is also referred to as a permanent ward or, a ward of the court , or a ward of the government . A TCO is a temporary care order, and is a short term (usually three months).
Government Care: For us, this term includes young people who are or have been in foster homes, group homes, Kith and Kin Placements (i.e. in the home of a relative), youth custody centres and mental health facility, residential treatment facilities, and on a Youth Agreement.
Membership: Any young person between the ages of 14 and 24 who is or was from government care and who has signed up to be a Network member. We provide service to all young people in and from government care regardless of whether they are a member or not, but membership does have some perks!
Non- Profit Organization: An organization that does not try and make a profit from the service it provides, and follows the law for non-profits in BC called the Society Act. A non-profit organization must have (amongst other things) members, bylaws, a board of directors, and Annual General Meetings.
- Relational Permanency: Relational permanency involves creating strong, long-lasting connections “with a biological family member/siblings, school staff, foster parents, social workers, youth workers, community members, and organizations like Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks – anybody who gives you positive, unconditional commitment”
- Legal Permanency: Legal permanency has to do with where the responsibility of guardianship for a young person rests (i.e. parents, social worker, adoptive parent, etc.).
- Physical Permanency: Physical permanency involves creating a safe, stable, healthy and lasting living arrangement.
Youth-Driven: the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks puts the voice of young people at the heart and soul of the organization. It takes the needs, issues and ideas from young people’s experiences and develops programs based on those needs and recommendations by working together with like-minded adults.