*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.
Hear from YPAC members themselves by checking out their blogs: