Our last stop in a series of five Community Conversations brought us to Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre. Designed to get communities talking and learning from each other, the Community Conversations identify local people, resources and connections for young people from care.
Over 75 people showed up in true Vancouver style, seconds before kick-off, to bring their vision and heart to the discussions. We invited them to be curious and to listen to others. And we asked for passion and ideas to create long lasting change. Below are some key quotes and ideas heard on the day.
RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT A ‘NICE TO HAVE’
Conversations about providing support for young people leaving foster care often turn to services; housing, education, training, employment, and more. But in Vancouver we heard about the importance of relationships. ‘What happens after 5pm, when paid support goes home?’ participants asked.
‘What happens after 5pm, when paid support goes home?’
Young people leaving foster care were described as ‘our kids’, and we heard a need to build meaningful relationships that go beyond 'programs' and 'clients'.
LET'S MAKE SYSTEMS EASIER TO NAVIGATE
The systems we ask young people to navigate on leaving foster care are complicated. Is anyone ready to put their finances, health, and other aspects of life in order on their 19th birthday? We heard that the transitions for young people are too abrupt, and that public and political will is needed to find new ways to support them.
HONOURING OUR PARTNERS
BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks, McCreary Centre Society, FirstCall BC and the Public Guardian and Trustee. We couldn`t have done it without you, and we`d like to take this moment to thank you for the hard work you do every day to support young people.
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