BC Child and Youth in Care Week Recap
Another BC Child and Youth in Care Week has come and gone and the organizing committee would like to thank everyone who came out to show their support for youth in and from care across BC from June 3-11 this year!
This BCCYICW we had over 60 young people nominated for a BC Child and Youth in Care week award, a group of phenomenal submissions for our BCCYICW Art Contest, 14 Community Celebration Grants distributed to groups across the province, and at least 17 events hosted by MCFD offices!
Students teach us a thing or two about activism and allyship
We were also thrilled to see participation this year from a group of young activists! A grade 5 Social Justice class from École Rose-des-vents, a Francophone school in Vancouver, approached the committee because they had decided that the issue they wanted to learn about was the need for supports for youth in and from care.
Matthew and Sanjesh, two young adults involved with the Fed, volunteered to help and they visited with the students in April to answer their questions! It was a great experience for everyone, and the class came away with a better understanding about what it means to be in care. They even put on a play to teach other kids at their school about what they had learned! It was a phenomenal awareness-raising event and an honour to see these young leaders making change.
One partner among many
The Fed would like to thank all of the partner organizations who worked together on the committee this year. We were one of many and we would like to acknowledge the celebrations and contributions of: the Adoptive Families Association of BC, the Metis Commission, the Indigenous Perspectives Society, the McCreary Centre Society, the Vancouver Foundation, the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development as both a partner and for hosting celebrations for youth in care across BC. Special thanks to the Province of BC for proclaiming the week and taking the time to celebrate the incredible children and youth in care.