Steering Committee Meetings
What is an SCM?
Steering Committee Meetings are weekend gatherings (held three times a year) for youth in and from care between the ages of 14 and 24 from all across BC. They are a place where young people and supportive adults to come together in a fun, informative and safe environment.
Activities include: workshops, crafting, outdoor activities, meeting other young people and supportive adults, participating in different kinds of workshops, providing input and feedback to outside organizations who are looking for young people’s opinions (including MCFD), uniting members’ voices around needs, issues and ideas facing youth in care, and directing the work of the Network!
Who gets to participate?
- Youth in and from government care between the ages of 14 and 24
- Staff and Board Members
- Alumni of FBCYICN (limited space available)
- Adult supports / allies of FBCYICN (limited space available)
Where and when do SCM’s take place?
SCMs take place at outdoor recreational camps like Zajac Ranch and Easter Seals Camp Squamish and are held three times a year (February/March, May/June and October)
How do I apply?
If you are a young person in or from care between the ages 14 and 24, fill out the Youth Application form; if you are an adult support/ally, fill out the Adult Application form. Please submit a completed Photo Consent Form with your application if you’ve never submitted one before. Application forms and the Photo Consent form are all available for print (to be faxed or mailed) above. Note: if you are under 19 you will need a guardians signature as well as your own.
There is a fee of $300 that we ask social workers to cover which includes the cost of participants shared accommodation, their food and all activities. Travel to and from the office, as well as any daycare they may require, is the responsibility of the worker. Workers can apply for subsidy if they are unable to approve funding.
Cost is never a barrier to young people! Youth still in care (ie. under 19) are encouraged to request funding through their worker and / or caregivers. If you are interested in participating in an up-coming SCM, it is your responsibility to try to find funding prior to requesting subsidy from us. Youth from care over 19 should ask local agencies and service clubs about being sponsored to attend before asking us for a subsidy.
Are SCMs well-supervised?
SCMs are fully supervised 24 hours/day by a dedicated team of paid and volunteer caregivers including: experienced youth workers, current and past foster parents, social workers and our dedicated adult volunteers. All adults have undergone background checks including criminal record checks.
Code of Conduct: Like all FBCYICN events, this member-created set of rules for behaviour apply to all young people and adults attending SCM. Click here to find out more. Summary version? Don’t be a jackass!