Children in foster care will tell you that one of the hardest things they face is not having a voice. The Youth Leadership & Advisory Council, or YLAC, is designed to give them that voice.
The Youth Leadership & Advisory Council seeks to improve the well-being of all youth in foster care in El Paso County. The board is made up of youth ages 15 – 21 who have previous or current experience living in the foster care system, to include both Child Welfare and Youth Corrections. Youth members are afforded the opportunity to practice their self-advocacy skills during individual meetings with the Coordinator, in addition to the once-a-month council meetings, focusing on three well-defined purposes:
- Creating a supportive environment where youth can share their experiences with one another and communicate their needs to area agencies involved in the foster care system.
- Establishing and expanding our community through social events and service projects. Creating networking opportunities for all our youth and help them to effectively utilize community resources.
- Developing and utilizing our individual strengths in a team environment. Creating opportunities for participation at youth conferences and skill building workshops.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org