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Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB)

The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB) is a statewide organization of young people (aged 14-24) who have experienced foster care.  With the assistance of PCSAO and many caseworkers, directors, IL professionals and advocates, this group has been organizing since July 2006, when they requested help organizing and making their recommendations, created during the 2006 My Voice, My Life, My Future Project, a reality.  On February 1, 2007, the youth held a statewide meeting to develop and adopt a name, mission, and official bylaws, as well as elect statewide officers and set goals for 2007.  (For a more detailed history of the group’s evolution, click here). 

This group is actively recruiting youth to join!  We are also seeking professional supporters who can provide support while allowing youth voices to drive the movement.  Current needs include transportation to and from meetings, organizational support for regional boards, and help raising funds.  Please e-mail Lisa Dickson or Doris Edelmann if you are interested in supporting these young people in their efforts. 

 

Foster Youth Rights Handbook: For Youth From Youth.
Foster Youth Rights Handbook



Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education

Adopted from Foster Care?
If you were adopted through the foster care system after the age of 8 years we want to hear your story!

 

 

The OHIO YAB Mission: 

The OHIO YAB Mission: We exist to be the knowledgeable statewide voice that influences policies and practices that effect all youth who have or will experience out of home care.

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2014 Statewide Officers:

Alissa Mitchell, President, Stark County

Dominique Jefferson, Vice-President, Cuyahoga County

Charles Scott, Media Spokesperson, Franklin County
Treasurer - Vacant
Dorothy Dodson, Parliamentarian, Lorain County
Jessika Cowart, Co-Secretary, Allen County
Elisa Aguilar, Co-Secretary, Lucas County

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About OHIO YAB:

If you are interested in learning more about OHIO YAB please check out the following documents:

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Join OHIO YAB:

If you are a youth, between the ages of 14-23, and are a current or former foster youth please consider joining OHIO YAB. There are no major membership requirements other than filling out the OHIO YAB Membership Sign Up Form and submitting it. By becoming a member you will be informed of upcoming meetings, be invited to participate in OHIO YAB events and be provided with information regarding Ohio’s foster youth and OHIO YAB. Click here if you’re interested.

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Training Requests:

  •  Looking for a presenter?
    If you are interested in having OHIO YAB come and present at your agency or in supporting these young people in their efforts, please e-mail Lisa Dickson at lisa@miss-lisa.com or Doris Edelmann at edelmd@odjfs.state.oh.us.

  •  Do you want to present at an OHIO YAB meeting?
    If you are interested in presenting information during one of the OHIO Youth Advisory Board's quarterly meetings, please complete this form and submit it to OHIO YAB.

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Newsletters

 

Partner Organizations:

Institute for Human Services

Franklin County Children Services

Ohio Independent Living Association

School of Social Work, The Ohio State University

Foster Care Alumni of America

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