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OHIO Youth Advisory Board - March 2014 presentation


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OHIO Youth Advisory Board - March 2014 presentation

  1. 1. Ohio Youth Advisory Board Our 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.
  2. 2. 2014 Ohio YAB Focus Areas • • • • • • Outreach and Policy Transitional Housing Education Youth Voice in Court Independent Living Preparation Employment
  3. 3. Outreach and Policy OHIO YAB President (Stark County) Focus Areas: 1. Youth voice on statewide discussions of Foster Care to 21 2. Outreach to Ohio counties that don’t have a local Youth Advisory Board 3. YAB promotion and involvement in conferences this year.
  4. 4. Building More Boards: Reaching out regionally
  5. 5. 1. What would it look like? 2. Would youth be allowed to leave foster care and then come back again? 3. What level of freedom will youth in foster care between ages 18-21 receive? 4. Will there be coaching and additional preparation for youth? 5. What will the response be for emancipated foster youth calling in a time of crisis?
  6. 6. Transitional Housing OHIO YAB Vice President (Cuyahoga County) Focus Areas: 1. Best Practice: Promote existing Ohio transitional housing models. 2. Advocate for additional transitional housing options, and youth awareness of existing resources. 3. Address Eligibility Barriers
  7. 7. Transitional Housing Progress on Goals 1.) Assisted in facilitating Kick-off of the Youth and Alumni Taskforce to End Youth Homelessness in Cincinnati. 2.) Compiling a list of transitional housing resources. 3.) Partnering with a Place 4 Me in Cleveland.
  8. 8. Education OHIO YAB Media Spokesman (Franklin County) 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
  9. 9. Advocating for Youth in Residential Placements Youth-Developed Recommendations 1.) Staff at residential facilities should be trauma-informed, and skilled to assist youth in dealing with their triggers. 2.) Youth who are placed in residential facilities should be informed of their personal rights, and who to contact if they feel physically unsafe. 4.) Residential facilities should separate out youth who are suicidal from youth who are physically violent. 5.) Residential facilities should provide a distinction between tweens (ages 12-14) with teens (ages 15-17). Their developmental needs are different. 6.) Current residential policies be reviewed with input from current and/or former foster youth, including their policies on seclusion, staff training and independent living preparation.
  10. 10. Youth Voice in Court OHIO YAB Parliamentarian (Lorain County) Focus Areas: 1. Expanding pilot of youth developed discharge form 2. Promote youth voice in court 3. Legal Symposium being planned for 2015
  11. 11. Youth Voice in Court Progress on Goals 1.) Met with GAL 2.) Met with judges 3.) Glossary of Court Language 4.) Teaching future GAL class. 5.) The needs of all youth matter.
  12. 12. LGBTQA Youth in Care Ohio Pride
  13. 13. Independent Living Preparation OHIO YAB Secretary (Allen County) Moving forward in 2014: 1. Statewide IL curriculum 2. Online Independent Living Clearinghouse of Resoruces 3. Compile and share youth input about IL challenges, Best Practices and recommendations for the future
  14. 14. OYAB Moving Forward in 2014: Workforce Promote Best Practices: 1. Connecting the Dots 2. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) 3. Overcoming barriers to foster youth having a savings account.