Campaigns and Issues

Youth from foster care rally for change on October 24


First Call is hosting a lunch for MLAs to meet with youth from foster care on October 24 at 1PM in Victoria at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

At 3 PM that day, we’ll hold a public rally and demonstration to show government we stand with youth in care. In BC, 57% of homeless youth in some communities are from care, while a mere 53% turn 19 with a completed high school education.  One thousand youth age out every year and they are nearly 200 times more likely than their peers to become homeless.

Policy change and key recommendations that will be brought forward on October 24 are based on three key recommendations to improve outcomes for former youth in care: providing consistent financial support, long term relationships with caring dependable adults, and a chance to connect and contribute to their communities.

Targeted policy recommendations include addressing changes to Agreements with Young Adults, tuition waivers, housing, mental health supports and cultural identity.

Youth who have lived in and aged out of government care are an important part of this work, and are warmly invited to get involved.

If you are interested in joining the event, First Call will contact you about transportation from Vancouver to Victoria (on us!) and RSVP for meals.

More information on the event here.

Get in touch with Youth Policy Solutions Day Coordinator dylan.cohen@gmail.com

Check out videos made by youth on why they are going to Victoria on the 24th here.

First Call coalition members and other supporters can support the event through a tweet-up using the hashtag #Pledge2Care.