The Federation Speaks, The Minister of Child and Family Development Listens
Yesterday, the Minister of Child and Family Development (MCFD), Katrine Conroy called the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks to tell us that she heard what the members of the Fed had to say about improving the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program.
- You told the Minister that the AYA program needed additional funding. She listened and they have put an additional $30 million dollars into the AYA program this coming year.
- You told the Minister that these agreements need to go beyond the age of 24. She listened and the agreements will now go to age 26.
- You told the Minister that youth had to give up their housing because the agreements only applied during the 8 months a year that you were in school. The other 4 months you were on your own. She listened and the agreements will now go for a full year.
- You told the Minister that the monthly financial support in the agreements ($1000 per month) was not enough. She listened and the agreements will now provide $1250 per month.
- This goes with the message you gave Minister Melanie Mark (Advanced Education) last year when you urged her to extend the tuition waiver program and support programs across all public post-secondary programs in BC. She listened and we now have tuition waivers and support across British Columbia.
The Minister also told us that she wants to improve the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program even further. She will be asking us this coming Fall, what we think needs improving. We will be ready to give our voice to the actions we believe need to be taken. Stay tuned.
Finally we want to thank all our partners who also spoke out on behalf of youth in and from care about the AYA program. Together we are all better.