RAISE YOUR VOICE

Advocate for change.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Youth Ambassadors are important members of our team, helping us spread the word about issues affecting young people in care, advocating for change, and inspiring the public to support the cause. We also periodically recruit for our Young People’s Advisory Council (YPAC) – a group of child-welfare change-making leaders with lived experience. YPAC members guide Foundation priorities and positioning and ensure the services we provide are relevant and empowering.

For more information, please contact Lisa Mickleborough at lmickleborough@cafdn.org.

Crystal

CRYSTAL – Former youth in care

Thanks to resources made possible through Children’s Aid Foundation, I found a place where I belonged, where I made lasting friendships, and received the support that I needed to empower myself to move forward with my life. I can reflect and say, after my hardships, what follows is truly limitless.

CASSANDRA – Former youth in care

I’ve been through a lot, but thanks to support from Children’s Aid Foundation, I graduated from college and plan on getting my Master’s. Youth in care need to know that it’s OK to make mistakes, and that no matter what they’ll always be supported. Children’s Aid Foundation helps to give me and other youth that support and a voice to make things better for other young people in care.

Cassandra
Breanna

BREANNA – Former youth in care

Access to education means everything to me; it gives me the possibility of creating a future that’s nothing like my past, even for my kids. Thanks to the support of Children’s Aid Foundation I earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Guelph with Distinction, and a postgraduate certificate in Human Resources with the highest GPA in my class. After graduating, also through the Children’s Aid Foundation, I was placed in an internship with RBC in Human Resources. I’m now working there permanently and I can honestly say that the internship experience changed my life.

JEMAL – Former youth in care

Thanks to Children’s Aid Foundation, if I need housing support, educational funding or dental care, or even just someone to talk to, I’m able to reach out and get support. It’s important for youth to know that support is there, because some issues don’t arise while you’re in care, but when you transition from care, and you’re by yourself without any structure. Now I’m forging my own path.

Jemal
Shyanne