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  • 2014 is a new year – but the SAME mission. From the time that the OHIO YAB was founded, our efforts have been dedicated towards one purpose…
  • OHIO YAB President Allissa County will take the lead on Outreach and Policy: Three focus areas:1. Youth voice on foster care to 212. Focusing on map of where county youth advisory boards are lacking in Ohio, and devising outreach strategies3. Making sure youth advisory boards are promoted during each of Ohio's youth conferences (and adult conferences??) this year Allissa will represent the OHIO YAB on the Ohio Fostering Connections Task Force and participate in helping to plan the Teening Up for Success conference in NE Ohio.
  • OHIO YAB Vice President Dominique Jefferson of Cuyahoga County will take the lead on Housing:Five opportunities:1.Planning kick-off for Youth and Alumni Taskforce to End Youth Homelessness in Cincinnati2. Exploring transitional housing options (i.e. Columbus: CPO Management, LINK-22)3. DC Trip: Planning ahead for conversations with HUD4. Requesting outputs from prior ODJFS Housing taskforce5. Compiling Best Practices if this hasn’t been done already Dominique will also participate in Cleveland meeting of advocates for "aging out" youth this coming Friday
  • OHIO YAB Media Spokesperson Charles Scott of Franklin County will take the lead on Education:Three focus areas:1. Best Practices for Custodial Agencies2. Supporting Ohio Reach Campus Liaison Training3. Piloting Educational Mentoring Model
  • OHIO YAB Parliamentarian Dorothy Dodson of Lorain County will take the lead on Youth Voice in Court.Five opportunities:1. Multiple law school presentations, in preparation for 2014 Legal Symposium2. Judges meet twice per year, in June and December3. Upcoming Legal Symposium being planned for 20154. Ohio CASA conference5. Capital Law School: Foster Youth Advocacy Clinic
  • OHIO YAB Secretary Jessika Cowart of Lorain County will take the lead on Independent Living:Is ODJFS pursuing the creation of a statewide IL curriculum? If so, how can we ensure youth input? And OHILA input as well?Compile and share youth feedback about Independent Living: Challenges, Best Practices and Recommendations for the FutureJessica and Dorothy will work on developing OHIO YAB outreach fliers, with help from Lisa.
  • 1.) Telling Our Story: How has being part of a youth advisory board benefitted you? What are your ideas for OHIO YAB Outreach in 2014? ~ facilitated by OHIO YAB Co-Secretary Jessika Cowart2.) Your Current /Future College Experience: What has been most helpful? What were your biggest challenges? What do you recommend to support current/former foster youth pursuing post-secondary education? ~ facilitated by OHIO YAB Media Spokesperson, Charles Scott3.) Foster Care to 21: Welcoming your thoughts, insights and suggestions ~ facilitated by OHIO YAB President Allissa Mitchell and Vice President Dominique Jefferson4.) Youth Voice in Court: What things do you wish their judge/CASA/GAL would have asked or done? Facilitated by OHIO YAB Parliamentarian Dorothy Dodson.
  • We are going to be reviewing the role of each officer, both to equip you during the two years ahead, and to think outside the box in terms of training & development opportunities.

2014 January OHIO YAB Quarterly Meeting Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Ohio Youth Advisory Board Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Quest Business Center: 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus OH 43240
  • 2. OHIO YAB Mission • We exist to be the knowledgeable statewide voice that influences policies and practices that effect all youth who have or will experience out of home care.
  • 3. 2014 Ohio YAB Officers • Allissa Mitchell, President, Stark County • Dominique Jefferson, Vice President, Cuyahoga County • Charles Scott, Media Spokesperson, Franklin County • Destiny Hayes, Treasurer, Lucas County • Dorothy Dodson, Parliamentarian, Lorain County • Jessika Cowart, Co-Secretary, Allen County • Elisa Aguilar, Co-Secretary, Lucas County
  • 4. OHIO YAB Officers Retreat
  • 5. OYAB Moving Forward in 2014: Outreach and Policy Three Focus Areas: 1. Youth voice on discussions of Foster Care to 21 2. Outreach strategies for counties that don’t have a local Youth Advisory Board 3. YAB promotion and involvement in conferences this year.
  • 6. OYAB Moving Forward in 2014: Housing Focus Areas: 1. Kick-off for youth taskforce on housing in Cincinnati 2. Exploring transitional housing partnerships 3. DC trip: Planning ahead for conversations with HUD 4. Reviewing outputs from JFS Housing taskforce: Is there an existing list of Housing Best Practices in Ohio? 5. If not, make one.
  • 7. OYAB Moving Forward in 2014: Education Three Focus Areas: 1. Supporting Ohio Reach Campus Liaison training 2. Promoting Best Practices for Custodial Agencies to Support Youth’s Educational Success 3. Educational Mentoring Model: (a.) middle school mentee, (b.) high school/college advisor, (c.) adult mentor
  • 8. OYAB Moving Forward in 2014: Youth Voice in Court Upcoming Opportunities: 1. Legal Symposium being planned for 2015 2. Multiple law school presentations in 2014 3. Ohio judges meet twice a year, in June and December 4. Expanding pilot of youth developed discharge form
  • 9. OYAB Moving Forward in 2014: Independent Living Moving forward in 2014: 1. Compile and share youth input about IL challenges, Best Practices and recommendations for the future 2. Is ODJFS pursuing the creation of a statewide IL curriculum? If so, how can we ensure youth input?
  • 10. OYAB Moving Forward in 2014:Workforce Inviting input: 1. Find out more about the Summit County Career Club. 2. Asking Lucas County for more details about how their IDA program, in the hopes that other counties will follow their example.
  • 11. Morning Brainstorming Topics 1. Telling Our Story: How has being part of a youth advisory board benefitted you? What are your ideas for OHIO YAB Outreach in 2014? ~ facilitated by OHIO YAB Co-Secretary Jessika Cowart 2. Your Current /Future College Experience: What has been most helpful? What were your biggest challenges? What do you recommend to support current/former foster youth pursuing post-secondary education? ~ facilitated by OHIO YAB Media Spokesperson, Charles Scott 3. Foster Care to 21: Welcoming your thoughts, insights and suggestions ~ facilitated by OHIO YAB President Allissa Mitchell and Vice President Dominique Jefferson 4. Youth Voice in Court: What things do you wish their judge/CASA/GAL would have asked or done? ~ facilitated by OHIO YAB Parliamentarian Dorothy Dodson
  • 12. New and Good: Because the challenge of the moment is the opportunity of the future
  • 13. Upcoming Events and Opportunities Feb. 8, Kick-off for Foster Youth Advisory Committee on Ending Youth Homelessness in Cincinnati April 17, Ohio Youth Advisory Board Quarterly Meeting April 27 – May 1, Three Days On the Hill June 12, SW Connecting the Dots Conference Late June, Purple Project Conference July 17, Ohio Youth Advisory Board Quarterly Meeting July 25, Teening Up for Success Conference Oct. 16, Ohio Youth Advisory Board Quarterly Meeting Oct. 17, Connecting the Dots and Ohio Reach Conference