February News 2024

February News 2024

Upcoming Statewide Events Lunch & Learn Training with VDSS & Casey Family Programs  February 9, 2024 from 12:00pm-1:00 pm Immigration Basics (Key terms and players) March 8, 2024 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Immigration 2.0 Immigration and Undocumented Children/ Youth in Foster Care  For Professionals, via Zoom All DSS agencies are invited to attend this youth services training provided by VDSS Youth…

December 2023

Project LIFE (Living Independently, Focusing on Empowerment) helps youth in Virginia succeed when they age out of foster care. We do that by helping youth directly and by supporting the professionals who work with them. Our free services are available to any youth ages 14-23 who has experienced the foster care system, as well as any DSS or…

September 2023 News
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September 2023 News

Fall 2023 Statewide Youth Conference Dates: November 10 – 12, 2023 | Location: Fredericksburg, VA for Youth and Professionals, HybridWe’re pleased to announce the details of the 2023 Fall Hybrid Conference. Learn ways to navigate the read world and get beyond this moment! We have returned to our pre-pandemic sized conferences, also involving our hybrid approach, where…

August 2023 News
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August 2023 News

Program Updates Youth Welfare Approach Webpage Project LIFE is proud to unveil a new page on our website dedicated to the Youth Welfare Approach. Because of the unique needs of youth, the Virginia Department of Social Services is embarking on a different framework to engage youth, entitled the Youth Welfare Approach (YWA). This approach more…

July 2023 News
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July 2023 News

Program Updates Project LIFE Welcomes New Staff Member The Project LIFE team is excited to introduce the new Independent Living Consultant for the Western Region of VA: Amber Steffey! Amber joined the team in June and is already planning for summer events in her region.While new to UMFS, Amber has worked with independent living youth…

2022 Fall Conference

2022 Fall Conference

The 2022 Fall hybrid conference was a fun weekend for all who attended. November 11-13, we had 35 youth join us in person, and more joined virtually for three sessions on Saturday afternoon. This conference was located in Roanoke, VA at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn Hotel. The team worked hard to make sure that everything…

2023 Spring Conference

2023 Spring Conference

The 2023 Spring hybrid conference was a HUGE success. May 5-7, 2023, Project LIFE hosted a Statewide Youth Conference in the Eastern region with in-person and virtual participants. This conference was located in Virginia Beach, VA at the Virginia Beach Holiday Inn Conference Center. 60 youth participated in-person and additional youth participated through Zoom. Out…

June 2023 News
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June 2023 News

Program Updates 2023 Spring Conference Recap The 2023 Spring hybrid conference was a HUGE success. On May 5 – 7, 2023, Project LIFE provided a Statewide Youth Conference in the Eastern region with in-person and virtual participants. This conference was located in Virginia Beach, VA. 60 youth participated in-person and additional youth participated through Zoom,…

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