The Mississippi Youth Voice Board empowers young people who have experienced foster care to advocate for themselves and their peers, develop leadership skills, create resources for youth in care and transitioning out of care, and engage with a broader community of support.
Youth Board members are young leaders ages 18-26+ who were in foster care and have made a commitment to supporting the success of other Mississippi foster kids.
As former foster kids, we understand some of the unique challenges that young people face both while in care and as they transition to life on their own. We also know – from our own stories and those of our peers – that with the right relationships, opportunities, and support, foster kids can succeed.
We educate others about issues affecting foster kids, advocate for improvements to the foster care system, and build partnerships to expand opportunities for young people who have been in care. Members of the Youth Board meet with policy makers to share feedback on proposed rules and policies that impact foster kids, speak to community groups about how they can support the needs of youth in care, and develop resources and opportunities for foster kids.
We share our own experiences and partner with other organizations that serve foster youth to break down barriers and build supports so that more Mississippi foster kids can become self-sufficient, successful adults.
When & Where
There is currently a Youth Board chapter in Jackson, and new chapters are planned for other areas of the state. We focus on improving opportunities for foster kids throughout the state of Mississippi.
Our Jackson Youth Board chapter meets on the second Saturday of the month and engages in education, advocacy, and partnership building activities throughout the year.