Mike Wood explains what Youth in Progress is and how it has helped his life as a New York State youth in care.

About Us

We are youth in care in New York State that promote positive youth development and support adult/youth partnerships and adolescents in achieving successful outcomes. Learn more! ("What is YIP?" PDF)

Our mission is to enhance and advance the lives of today's and tomorrow's foster youth by supporting our sense of self and responsibility. To do this, we pledge to educate everyone involved in the various systems Youth In Progress members represent, to the realities of this experience.

Bill of Rights

The New York State Office of Children & Family Services released the New York State Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care. These support OCFS's vision of improving the well-being of children and youth in foster care by promoting normative experiences. The Bill of Rights are available in English (OCFS-2132) and Spanish (OCFS-2132-S).

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of Modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. For more information, view the Human Trafficking Need to Know Series brochure or the OCFS website.


Important Info for YOU About Your Time in Care!

Welcome to Youth in Progress! As a youth in the care of New York State, there's some things it's good to know right away.

Apply to Region 4 Youth Advisory Board

The Region 4 Youth Advocacy Board is dedicated solely to empowering youth in care to get involved in policy and decision-making that affects their lives, develop their leadership strengths and advocate for themselves and others! We are seeking youth representatives to join the board from each participating agency and county. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of youth in care of NYS, consider applying! Applications due May 19. Download the application here.

Urban Youth Jobs Program

The Urban Youth Jobs Program helps young people (ages 16-24) in NYS entering the world of work have a successful start. This program helps makes it easier for youth to find a job, and receive critical workforce skills while developing a career path. Getting certified for the program is a snap; register online here and check out this fact sheet for more info.

National Youth in Transition Database

Graphic of the National Youth In Transition Database brochure

View the NYTD brochure, Spotlight on NYTD video, or the National Youth in Transition Database website for more information.


Graphic of the Youth In Progress region of NY