“At Youth Advocacy Center, our commitment
is twofold: first, we help teens in foster care build a better future
for themselves, and second, we try to change the system to better
meet the needs of teens in care. We combine both policy and practice
(programming) because the interplay between the two aspects is essential
to creating meaningful change. We see the need to have programs
that are relevant and appealing to students and, at the same time,
support the goal of successful independence for teens leaving foster
care. This link between the practical and theoretical is critical
for creating effective policies work and for designing programming
that goes beyond the common expectations held within and outside
-Beyond the Foster Care System p. xix
Beginning with the publication of Beyond
the Foster Care System: The Future for Teens, Youth Advocacy
Center is conducting a public education and advocacy campaign with
the goal that every teen in care will learn the self-advocacy skills
necessary to become a successful, participating citizen. But as
a small organization, we can’t do this alone.
You can support our efforts by:
1. Reading Beyond the Foster Care System and speaking to
others about the role those beyond the system can play in creating
a better future for teens.
2. Writing to your local elected officials asking that they support
making the GBS Self-Advocacy Seminar available to all teens who
3. Passing Beyond the Foster Care System on to others who
may be interested in learning more about the incredible potential
and determination of young adults in care.
4. Convincing your corporation to donate copies of Beyond the
Foster Care System for Youth Advocacy Center to send to key
Please contact us to
discuss other ways you would like to advocate for better preparation
for teens aging out of foster care.