Youth from care are experts on fixing policy and changing the practices to better the system. It’s why we’re assembling a team of incredible advocates with experience in the care system, supported by many of our allies. We’ll gain important political advocacy skills through professional, state of the art training and resources that will help us be strong catalysts for change.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis: sign one if you’re interested and a team member will be in touch.
Our Fostering Chance Community Organizers (previously named Youth Advocacy Team) will:
- Create opportunities for changing provincial policy
- Challenge systems of oppression and work with decision makers toward justice
- Educate and inform the public on our passions
- Be comprised of Indigenous and settler youth
- Show leadership in child welfare policy changes in the province through creativity, campaigning, and fun
All over BC, advocates take charge in campaigns and community organizations. We influence decision makers and put forward better outcomes. Our team will take these learnings through action, public education, and systemic advocacy. We’ll see a campaign framed around the team’s interests, with opportunities for learning real organizing skills and applying them through direct action, community organizing, and outside pressure on government to change.
Who should apply?
If you have any experience in the care system and believe in the potential for change, we want to hear from you. In particular, we’re looking for youth interested in:
This is not a youth advisory council. You will direct a provincial advocacy campaign structured around an idea: youth from care are experts and can powerfully stand up for change in our community. This is the time to organize a movement of youth to participate in democratic change.
Some things we will work on this year:
- Wraparound services for youth aging out of care till age 26
- Free tuition and funding to pay your living expenses
- Decreasing overrepresentation of Indigenous youth in care
- Liaising with the national child welfare movement
- Creating better education outcomes for youth in care
- Advocacy for youth currently receiving supports
- Developing a budget submission
- A municipal election pledge
- Creative and innovative action design
- Podcast design and hosting
I have a question!
No problem. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any thoughts and ideas to pass along. We’ll work with anyone who feels prepared and ready, and will make sure you are equipped to get there.
This work emerges out of the Fostering Change initiative of Vancouver Foundation, and is supported by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. Through years of energy and time from youth across Canada, this team builds on momentum and contributes to a wider youth from care audience.
In the fall, our rally proposed a series of policy solutions to the province. Since then we’ve heard back from so many that our messages were heard loud and clear – do more for youth.
Youth who have lived and aged out of foster or government care are an important part of this work, and are warmly invited to get involved today.
First Call also publishes As Word Spreads, a podcast hosted by youth in and from foster care in BC, to amplify their voices and issues of concern, and increase understanding of our province’s foster care system. Interested in joining the podcast as a host, guest or producer? Reach out by email, Facebook or Twitter today!