The Indiana Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) consists of six regional boards made up of current and former foster youth from six regions within the State of Indiana, designed to provide leadership and self-advocacy training and hope for the future.
IYAB’s purpose is to empower Indiana’s foster youth to advocate for themselves and communicate their needs and concerns effectively through increased awareness of their rights and responsibilities and increased access to the resources they need to make successful transitions. To achieve those ends, IYAB members participate in conferences, training sessions, and other activities throughout the year.
Involvement on the Board offers members unique opportunities to take leadership roles in the enlightenment of Department of Child Services (DCS) employees on youth experience and perspective within the foster care system.
A note before you begin registration
Please click here to access the Foster Success Client Portal. If you have applied for ETV this semester, then you will log in using the same username and password. If you are NOT an ETV student this semester, you will need to sign up for a new account.
Once you have logged in, click on Indiana Youth Advisory Board. Then click on “Attend an Upcoming IYAB Meeting” to complete your registration.
Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link to the meeting you selected when registering.
For help or support registering, please contact Megan Trible, Director of Youth Engagement at email@example.com.
Upcoming IYAB Regional Meetings
Are you interested in the following:
- Advocating for yourself and others placed in foster care?
- Learn how to navigate the foster care system?
- Teach others about what it is like to be in foster care?
- Meet and talk with other people who are also in foster care without?
- Want to earn some money while doing one of all of these things?
If you answered yes to any of these, then join us IN-PERSON or VIRTUALLY for the Fall IYAB Regional Meetings!
Southern Regional Meeting
Sepetember 9 @ 5pm-7:30pm EST Jennings Co. Public Library (Conference Room 1)
Northeast Regional Meeting
Sepetember 16 @ 5pm-7:30pm EST Allen Co. Public Library (Meeting Room B)
IYAB is a safe space for youth to talk about the issues that affect them. Therefore, there are no adult workers present at the IYAB meeting. All meetings are facilitated by older youth who are transitioning out of foster care.
For those attending in person, pizza and drinks will be provided. To earn your stipend, you must attend the meeting and be an active participant! And, for those attending virtually, you must have your camera on and actively participate in the meeting to earn your stipend.
To attend an IYAB meeting you must be aged 14-23 and are currently or formerly in foster care. We ask that you register for the meeting. You DO NOT have to complete an application to attend a meeting, but to become a member of IYAB an application must be completed. Be sure to select either in-person or virtual when you register! This will help us to ensure we have enough space, stipends, and food for each meeting!