On Friday, August 20st, over 40 youth and allies gathered to continue to push for the change that every youth should look forward to their 19th birthday. The event was exactly what was needed to maintain group momentum heading into our busiest time of the year for the team.
Rooted in themes of celebration, community and policy change Fostering Change Community Organizers and allies joined together to make increased transitions a reality.
Brielle from IndigiNews was there along with CTV, and OMNI Vancouver to capture the event. They said "This year’s party featured the usual fare: cake, gift bags and a piñata. But there were also tongue-in-cheek activities like the “Social Safety Net Toss,” in which youth strained to toss balled up socks into a net from distances marked with signs describing typical barriers for youth transitioning out of care — things like paperwork, housing and a supportive adult." Check out the full article here.
We hope the government heard our call that all youth deserve to receive support upon aging out, not just a few.
Members of the Fostering Change Team hold
Spirit Bear's relative's gifted to us from Cindy Blackstock.
The bears enjoyed being at the celebration with us also!
"Call Out Those Commitments" was a fun, non-partisan game to
hold all government parties to their commitments.
Team member Anita emcees the event.
From our hearts, to yours - Happy 19th Birthday!