National Voices — Mobilizes foster youth across the nation to share their experience, feedback on, and program/policy ideas about the child welfare system with policy makers in order to transform the system. Activities include virtual townhalls, Congressional listening tours, Congressional briefings, one-on-one meetings with members of Congress, appointed decision makers, and state representatives.
NFYI Local Chapters — NFYI mobilizes foster youth from specific geographic regions to address the unique impact of the local child welfare system. Currently, NFYI has chapters in Michigan, New Jersey and Los Angeles.
Organizing Internship — NFYI’s Organizing Internship program is being piloted in Los Angeles, California with a goal to replicate nationwide. The Organizing Internship supports current and former foster youth to work up to 20 hours a week mobilizing other transition aged youth in Los Angeles County to address issues faced by foster youth, such as homelessness. Interns gain valuable employment, community organizing, and leadership skills during the 6 to 9 month internship. Interns develop workshops and provide trainings to the transition aged youth they mobilize throughout the county.
Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Week — NFYI’s signature event occurs annually and brings current and former foster youth to Washington, DC for a week of trainings in community organizing, public speaking, legislation, and government. Delegates shadow a Congressmember for a day, sharing their lived experience of the system. Delegates begin to strengthen their relationships with their elected representative and learn the importance of civic engagement. Members of Congress gain a deeper understanding of how complex systems impact their constituents.