To Lift Up Foster Youth Voices

March 2, 2024
Dodger Stadium


Join Us

As we honor the recipient of the
2024 National Champion for
Children and Youth Award

Nichol Whiteman

CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation


A Vision for
Revolutionizing Foster Care

NFYI empowers current and former foster youth, their families, and communities to use their lived experiences to bring about systemic policy changes in the child welfare system nationwide.

NFYI was launched in 2012 by The Honorable Karen Bass, Mayor of Los Angeles, when she was co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth while serving in Congress. Since then, NFYI has elevated the voices of thousands of current and former foster youth resulting in transformative change within the child welfare system, a culture shift among decision makers, and the development of professional and organizing skills among young leaders.

NFYI centers the voices of people who have been impacted by the child welfare system. True reform of foster care cannot be fully realized if those who have personally experienced it are not leading the efforts to design and develop policy and program change.

Board of Directors

Wendy Smith Meyer, PhD., LCSW

Chair of the Board

David Herbst

Founder & Managing Partner,
Vectis Strategies

Conway Collis

CEO Emeritus and Senior Advisor,
GRACE/End Child Poverty CA

The Honorable Karen Bass

Mayor of Los Angeles

Nanxi Liu

CEO and Co-Founder,
Blaze Technology

Kim Sterton

Senior VP, Trifecta Entertainment
& Media

Doug Bond

President & CEO,
Amity Foundation

Yolanda (Cookie) Parker

Senior Advisor

Rebecca Louve Yao, LCSW

Executive Director,

Jewels Elmore Washington

Private Chef, Event Manager
& Author

Marcus Scribner

Actor & Activist