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Normalcy Conference 2021

The New Normal: Defining Our Future

A virtual conference for youth, by youth

This has been a unique year filled with challenges and opportunities for growth and change!

We are hoping the growth continues as we navigate a world post-pandemic and adjust to our New Normal!

We encourage everyone to seize this opportunity and use it to Define Your Future! Youth voice has been instrumental in creating positive change for youth currently + formerly in foster care during this pandemic.

Join us for the 6th Annual Normalcy Conference hosted by the Indiana Youth Advisory Board on June 17th, 2021 from 10am-3pm (EST). Youth are invited to attend the Statewide Indiana Youth Advisory Board Meeting following the conference at 4pm (EST).


Registrants who register after May 15 may not be guaranteed a Normalcy Conference package.

This conference is open to older youth who are currently + formerly in foster care, DCS staff, service providers, foster parents, CASA/GAL’s, and anyone who provides services to older youth in foster care.

Ángela Quijada-Banks
The Black Foster Youth Handbook

Our Keynote Speaker

Ángela Quijada-Banks, Author of “The Black Foster Youth Handbook” NAACP Image Award Nominee and CEO of Soulful Liberation and Consciously Melanated Queens

Ángela Quijada-Banks is a NAACP Image Award Nominated, American best-selling author, Founder and C.E.O of Soulful Liberation ( a Book publishing company and podcast), and Consciously Melanated Queens, Decolonizing educator and transformational artist. On the Soulful Liberation podcast she aims to empower foster youth by day and break generational curses by night. Through her everyday work with helping young people uncover their divine purpose, performing spoken word events, workshops and political advisory to legislators across the nation, she aims to aid in revolutionary change in holistic health, economic injustices, child-welfare disparities, cultural competency and identity within low-wealth communities of color both on a micro and macro level.

In her most recent best-selling book, The Black Foster Youth Handbook she sheds light on a taboo topic through her own personal experience highlighting 50+ lessons she learned in order to support young people’s journey and equip them with necessary tools to successfully age-out of foster care and holistically heal.

Born in Anaheim, CA her reach has spanned across the nation and in several countries. Since the age of three years old, when she was first introduced to swing dancing she has always come back to it even in the most unstable of
circumstances. To this day, Ángela is still open to learning new things that excites her including Kung Fu and drumming. Between her day to day adventures, Ángela enjoys traveling the world and adrenaline rushes at amusement parks with her husband, Michael. She is lovingly called a “graceful powerhouse” by all who know her, as she lives by the quote, “ If not me, then who? If not now, then when?”

Attend breakout sessions to learn about the following topics:

  • Advocacy and Leadership
  • Resources for youth who are aging out of foster care
  • Your rights while placed in foster care
  • Being your authentic self
  • Addressing Issues of Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion in the Indiana Child Welfare System
  • And much more!!

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Special thanks to the IYAB Leadership Team

The New Normal: Defining our future conference committees

Executive Committee
Justin Hayden
Stephaney Knight

Awards Committee
Alayna Leonard
Vita Short
Kayla Brewer

Breakout Sessions Committee
Vita Short
Kayla Brewer
Alayna Leonard

Marketing & Outreach Committee
Stephaney Knight
Shelby Root
Kayla Brewer

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