Youth Voices, Community Engagement + Media
We work together with youth in and from care to amplify their and raise awareness about the government care system’s barriers and to fight the negative stigma that comes with being a “foster kid.” We’re proud to work alongside some of the most amazing and diverse youth in our province who rise above major systemic barriers and achieve their goals. But so many of our young people have to be superhero-resilient to thrive. We work to amplify their voices to educate and engage our provincial community to stand in support as allies and give them an equal chance to thrive.
We do this work in several key ways, including:
1. Power Pages magazine: We feature writing, art and photography of young people in and from care and share relevant updates and opportunities for them. Bonus? In addition to youth voices and padding portfolios, we offer youth contributors up to $50 in honorariums per edition.
2. The Outreach Group (OGs): Members deliver youth-made presenations to Foster Parents, service providers and youth about our work and how we can make our province better for people in care. This team also advices our communications work. Learn more about our presentations, summarized in our youth-made YouTube Videos on who we are and how to stand with youth in care. Currently offering presentations in the Lower Mainland and Victoria.
Lower Mainland OG presentation requests: Jessica Chu, firstname.lastname@example.org | 604-353-3495
Victoria Area OG Presenation requests: Tara Skobel, email@example.com | 250-891-4083
3. Youth-Made Education Videos:
- FBCYICN 101: A place for youth in and from care
- FBCYICN PSA: How to stand with youth in and from care
- BC Child and Youth in Care Week: #YouthInCareAreAwesome
4. Social Media and the Youth in Care Movement: We support a growing provincial and global movement of youth and allies standing together in support of young people in and from care all year and during the annual BC Child and Youth in Care Week online:
- “Stand With Youth in Care” Facebook Campaign
- BC Child and Youth in Care Week website and Facebook page
- Our Allies page
- Using hashtags everywhere: #YouthInCareAreAwesome #JoinTheVillage #StandWithYouthInCare #BCCYICW #FosteringChangeBC
5. Media: We also support youth and allies to share their voices with the public and media from a place of empowerment, peer advocacy and expertise.
Please direct any media queries to Brittaney Andreychuk, Program Manager: 604-527-7762 x115