Fostering Change seeks to change public policy for youth 'aging out' of government care in BC. Our campaign consists of Community Organizers with lived experience applying all they can to this work to make change.
Goal: That the Agreements with Young Adults program is both comprehensive and universal for any youth aging out of care.
Comprehesive: Support that lifts us in equity with our peers, including financial support based on actual living costs, mental health and life skills resources, and supportive people in our lives.
Universal: All youth who age out of government care at 19 have access, regardless of legal status or readiness to attend post-secondary. Additionally, this support must be available to anyone youth who has spent time in care and does not have access to support at 19.
Before we were hosted by First Call, our campaign was part of Vancouver Foundation's work. Their five-year history included these highlights:
- "We showed that 92% of people across BC provide their own children with support post-19, and that 76% believe support should be extended for foster care youth
- Our research calculated that costs of up to $268 million per year are associated with the adverse experiences of youth from care, while only $57 million per year is required to improve outcomes
- We attracted over 17,000 petition signatures demonstrating that the public want to see action on this issue by government, business, and the community
- We expanded youth engagement by non-profits, including youth with lived experience as staff and partners in research and project implementation
- We created a “Candidates Pledge” signed by both current and former Ministers for Children and Family Development, 41 MLA’s, and 147 BC Election Candidates, to further improve support
- We distributed $5M in grants to non-profits to create better connections / support for foster care youth
None of these achievements would have been possible without the exceptional leadership of our Youth Advisory Circle - a diverse group of young people between 17-24 years old with lived experience of being in government care and being homeless.
The work of Fostering Change is continuing through the youth advisors that lead this work, and the amazing staff of First Call who have the tools, skills, and resources to continue making a difference on these issues."
Fostering Change is a campaign hosted by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. First Call does not sell, trade, or rent our mailing lists or contact information.