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Come celebrate, socialize, and learn about OFYC!

Who: Current & former foster youth… YOU!
What: An event held by OFYC to bring all of us together to celebrate the accomplishments made by youth of OFYC. We will have lunch (burgers & chicken) as well as activities that include:

  • Water balloons
  • Bubble making station
  • Grilling workshops
  • And much more!

Where: Cascades Gateway Park (2100 Turner Rd SE, Salem, Oregon 97301 )
When: Thursday, July 23rd @12- 4pm

<<<Click here to Register:>>>

Youth & Young Adults

Supportive Adults

Also check out the Facebook Event.

OFYC Members were successful in passing TWO pieces of Legislation this session!

HB 2889 Enables youth in foster care starting at age 12 years to open a Savings Account in their own name, without a co-signer.

HB2890 Ensures that youth in foster care have the opportunity to participate one ongoing extracurricular activity.

The Legislative Action Committee (Alexis Baska, Joshua Ashbaugh, Cain Stellings, Zachary Miller, and Nathan Schwab) was elected at the 2015 Advocacy Convening and began working shortly after that. They wrote testimony, presented testimony to both Senate & House Committees, met with legislators, answered some tough questions about our bill ideas, and spent a lot of time really understanding all of the possible impact of both bills.

Joshua, Zachary, Alexis, & Cain

Joshua, Zachary, Alexis, & Cain preparing for testimony.

Nathan with Rep Hack on the floor of the House for the final vote on both bills!

Nathan with Rep Hack on the floor of the House for the final vote on both bills!

The 2015 Advocacy Convening was a huge success!

About 25 youth attended the weekend event representing 20 different legislative districts. Members spent the weekend learning about their bills and preparing for Monday meetings at the Capitol. In groups of three, youth attended about 35 meetings with Legislators on Feb 9th. Legislators asked questions, gave suggestions, and offered their support for our bills.

OFYC Members meeting with Senator Chip Shields over their lunch break.

OFYC Members meeting with Senator Chip Shields over their lunch break.

OFYC Members at the Capitol.

OFYC Members at the Capitol.

Registration is now OPEN for the…

2015 Advocacy Convening!

Click here for all the details!

If you’re 14-25 years old and have ever been in foster care, you’re invited!!!

Join 25 other current or former foster youth from across Oregon for three days of advocacy, activism, leadership and fun!

2015 Advocacy Convening: Pathways to Success

2013 Advocacy Convening: Day at the Capitol

2013 Advocacy Convening: Day at the Capitol

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2013 Advocacy Convening: Activity break!

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2013 Advocacy Convening: Team work

Congratulations OFYC!!

On July 21st, OFYC members and friends presented their policy recommendations to over 100 invited guests. If you missed it, you can download the  2014 OFYC Recommendations. Thank you to the dedicated and fearless youth that came and shared their experiences, and thank you to the many guests that came out to learn and support them on the last day of conference.

 

OFYC PanelMany have been asking “What’s next?!” OFYC has a tried and true method for developing and advocating for policy chance. Over the next 5 months, OFYC members and staff will work together to vet the policy recommendations to determine which are most viable and most important to youth in foster care right now. Then, they’ll begin having conversations with legislators and other public leaders to learn what the best option would be for moving forward. Does a law need to be passed? Does a Department policy need to change? Or is  the recommendation really connected to a training issue? These are all questions that will be asked between now and February 2015, when OFYC hosts its 2015 Advocacy Convening and takes one or two of their policy issues to the capitol.

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TODAY

Today is the day! 2014 OFYC Policy Conference: From Surviving, To Success!!

Over 50, current and former foster youth, OFYC members, and adult supporters will come together this weekend for three days to discuss challenges faced in the foster care system related to health education, housing, and removing barriers.

The youth will then translate those challenges into recommendations to be presented at the OFYC Policy Luncheon, Monday July 21st.

Last minute reminders for attendees:

The OFYC Policy Conference is July 18-21, 2014 at Pacific University (2043 College Way in Forest Grove, OR).

Registration begins on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the lobby of Clark Hall (residence hall).

Late registrations, after 6 pm should meet in Berglund Room 145/147.

Conference Check-out is Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Please bring a coat, all meals will be served al fresco (outside).

Please remember to bring your own towel for the showers.

Smokers should remember to bring there Oregon State Identification cards. Underage smoking will not be tolerated.

On Saturday, (July 19th) evening there will be an open mic/ talent show/ karaoke. Remember to bring your talent, poems, music, and other art expressions to share with their peers.

On Sunday, (July 20th) morning you will be able to explore the specialty cars at the Car Show taking place on the Pacific University campus so they should bring comfortable shoes, clothes, and sunblock.

On Monday, (July 21st) afternoon you will be presenting your policy recommendations to legislators and other important decision-makers so they should bring a nice outfit (clean jeans with no holes) to wear for presentations.

Please bring your medications in the original bottles received from your pharmacist.

See you after 1:00 pm today!!!

sorenHave you heard? Soren Metzger the Oregon Foster Youth Connection Program Manager is saying goodbye!

A note from Soren Metzger:

“I’ve really enjoyed working with OFYC youth, adult supporters, and community partners. Highlights of my time with OFYC include new chapter recruitment, chapter support, and youth skills development trainings. Youth engagement in the recruitment of Oregon’s first ever Foster Care Ombudsman, Darin Mancuso. Youth empowerment in the planning and execution of action opportunities, the I’Mpossible Duffle Bag drive and Stuffing Party, the Zumba Dance Party, and the 2014 OFYC Policy Conference.

OFYC youth are brave and resilient leaders and I know they will continue to fight for a foster care system that ensures that all children and youth in the foster care system are well cared for and empowered to succeed.

My last day with CFFO as the OFYC Program Manager will be on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. If you have any questions or suggestions for a smooth transition please email me at Soren@cffo.org.”

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