Come one, come all and see one of the most important documents of the year! Can we get a drum roll please!!!!!! Introducing the Youth Guide prepared just for YOU.
Your voice makes the difference so let it be heard.
Click here to download your copy.
STATEWIDE YOUTH CONFERENCE
Our May conference was a huge success! Fifty-one youth from around the state joined together in Chesapeake, VA to learn tools and skills they need to transition into adulthood. The theme for this conference was "Livin' the Good LIFE" and participants left feeling empowered to live a fulfilling and successful life.
Thank you to our amazing volunteers for making this event such a success! Stay tuned for information on our next conference, which will take place in the Fall.
Project LIFE, in collaboration with Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), is offering a three-day service learning workshop to youth in foster care in Virginia, ages 14 and older, during the NFPA Convention in Norfolk, Virginia. This workshop will take place Thursday, June 25 through Saturday, June 27.
If you would like register one or more youth, please complete the online form. A separate form must be filled out for each participant. To learn more about the convention, please visit the NFPA website.
If you have any questions, please email Talia Brown or call 804.239.1044.
Youth Needs for Success
We highly value and seek the input of youth, especially when it come to addressing their needs from the foster care system. Using their voices, youth who attended the October 2013 statewide conference shared several things they felt are important for them (and their peers) to succeed. This document lists their top 10 needs and the steps local departments of social services can take to make them happen. Click here to view this document.
Project LIFE and VDSS partnered with the National Resources Center for Permanency and Family Connection (NRCPFC) to create a document using youth feedback from our October conference. We are happy to announce that this document was introduced to the nation via the NRCPFC.
Click here to read "Ten Things Youth Want Child Welfare Professionals To Know: Engaging Youth..."
Click here to read "Ten Things that Youth Want Child Welfare Professionals to Know: Talking to Youth in Foster Care about Permanency"
Project LIFE is pleased to make available the Transitional Living Plans templates for use by professionals working with older youth in foster care. The two recently adopted templates are titled: IL TLP for Youth Ages 14 to 17 and 90 Day IL TLP. They are designed to establish common understandings and expectations about transition planning to achieve permanency and to prepare youth for adulthood.
Check out the Youth Resources and Professional Resources pages for more information.
Interested in Project LIFE?
Find out the many ways that you can get involved and support our mission and goals. Please click here to fill out the Youth Referral Form.
Meet Marianna. She came into foster care at age nine and has been in care for 11 years. Marianna joined Project LIFE in 2009 and since then has served as a leader among her peers by.... Click to here read more.
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March CONFERENCE SLIDESHOW
Everyone had a blast at the March Conference which focused on Speaking up and Speaking Out.
Below you will find a slideshow with just a FEW highlights from the weekend.