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The Fight to Make College Free for Foster Youth
Advocates are lobbying for NY to pay our tuition
author image Victor interviews former foster youth Jessica Maxwell, who heads up the Foster Youth Success Alliance. FYSA is pushing for legislation that would require New York state to pay for college for youth in care.

Most foster youth are encouraged to pursue a college education, but many of us lack financial support or guidance to get into and finish college... [more]

Ending the Cycle Ending the Cycle
My Kids Won't Go Into Foster Care - No More Shame - I'm Not Having Children - My Mom Was Bad For Me -PLUS - Win $350!
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Foster Youth Take Charge Miguel joins youth-led advocacy group FACE (Fostering Advocacy Change and Empowerment) and finds satisfaction in helping others and sharpening his public speaking skills. [more]
From Homeless and Addicted to Youth Advocate Jesse goes into care at age 9 and anger leads him to a life of drugs, violence, and homelessness. He cleans up, finds God, and devotes his life to helping others. [more]
West Coast Warriors Youth advocates in California and Oregon travel to their state capitols to lobby for improvements to those states' foster care systems. [more]
Fixing Foster Care Virgen pinpoints five big problems she experienced in foster care. For each one, she offers suggestions for system change and suggestions for things youth can do. [more]
A Desire to Make a Difference: Gladys Carrión Jazmine interviews the Commissioner of New York's Administration for Children's Services. Commissioner Carrión talks about how to improve social-emotional well-being for youth in care, jobs, and housing. [more]
You Can’t Keep Her Down Victor reviews Rosie Perez's memoir of growing up in a group home where nuns abused her. Despite all her achievements, Perez suffers PTSD and depression and finally gets therapy years later. [more]
Pushing for Healthy Food In My Group Home The author is dismayed by the greasy, fatty food and lack of vegetables in her group home. She persists in asking for healthier food -- and succeeds! [more]
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The Point of Trust The author endures a sexual assault when she's 8, and some of her family blames her. She slowly learns who she should trust and benefits from opening up to the right people. [more]
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The Path to Advocacy Five youth advocates, ages 21-30, who were themselves in foster care, discuss how they told their own stories, learned to communicate effectively, began helping others, and their ideas for system change. [more]
What Helped Me When I Was Homeless Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. [more]
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