*Pictured above: Members of our 2014-2015 YPAC, Michele, Jemal, Kristy, Jemmy, Cheyanne, Tamia, Maya, and Wendy.

The insight and feedback of the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Young People’s Advisory Council (YPAC) helps to ensure that our focus and funding is being best utilized to serve vulnerable children and young people in our communities. Comprised of ten young people formerly from care, this group of dedicated and driven young adults frequently meets to discuss events and activities around the Foundation, and also to reflect on different challenges facing kids living in care. Founded in 2013, this committed group also serves as ambassadors for public events and promotional materials, e.g. through videos and advertisements, to help the public understand the wide range of programs and services supported through the Foundation. During our first ever five14 Talks, in celebration of Children and Youth in Care Day, YPAC participated in their very own panel discussion, sharing personal details of their early lives and experiences with the child welfare system. Joined by thought leaders in the child welfare community, they were able to spark innovative conversations on how changes can improve life for the thousands of kids involved in Canada’s child welfare system. In many ways, there is no better experience than firsthand experience, and YPAC allows the Foundation to reflect critically upon its role and function.

Learn more about YPAC here.

Hear from YPAC members themselves by checking out their blogs: 

A New Perspective, written by Kristy Graves
The Seed, written by Maya Ramchandani
Sharing My Past, written by Cheyanne Ratnam
My Real Lifebook, written by Wendy Hayes

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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