Mike Wood explains what Youth in Progress is and how it has helped his life as a New York State youth in care.
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.
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).
FAFSA Time is Here!
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. You must fill out the FAFSA to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. New York State and most colleges use your FAFSA to make their financial aid awards as well. It's a lot easier than you think. Follow the simple steps provided and you'll complete the Application in no time. Use the "Live Help" section that has a web chat feature available, a toll-free help hotline, and an email address if you have questions about completing the FAFSA.
The sooner you fill out your FAFSA, the better. Many types of financial aid are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it's to your advantage to file as early as possible.
FYI: www.youthincare.org also has more college resources for youth in care.
Internship Opportunities Available
The New New York Leaders Program's summer 2017 application process is currently open until April 20, 2017. The Internship Program provides college students the unique opportunity to work with State agencies to gain experience and a greater perspective of the professional world. Students may apply for multiple paid and/or unpaid internships with one application. Opportunities are available throughout New York State. Apply on their website.
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.