Foster Success offers a number of ways for teens and young adults who have lived in foster care to play an active part in shaping their own futures and helping improve the foster care system.

You choose how much you want to be involved!

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Youth Engagement Program
 Upcoming IYAB Regional Meetings

Northwest Friendsgiving Celebration + Winter IYAB Meeting

When: November 17th 4:00-7:00pm CST 
Where: Living Hope Church 
9000 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410
 
Friendsgiving Celebration: 4:00-6:00pm CST
Northwest Winter IYAB Meeting: 6:00-7:00pm CST
   
Central Friendsgiving Celebration + Winter IYAB Meeting 
When: December 1st @ 5:30-8:00pm EST 
Where: Foster Success, Gym
546 E. 17th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
What: Come for food and fun from 5:30-7:00pm, stay for the IYAB meeting 7:00-8:00pm 
Who: Older youth age 14-23 currently + formerly in foster care
Friendsgiving Celebration 5:30-7:00pm
Central Winter IYAB Meeting: 7pm-8:00pm
 
Southern Friendsgiving Celebration + Winter IYAB Meeting
When: December 6th @ 4:30-7:30pn EST 
Where: The Lifehouse
1261 E 775
Nineveh IN, 46164
What: Come for food and fun from 4:30-6:30pm, stay for the IYAB meeting 6:30-7:30pm 
Who: Older youth age 14-23 currently + formerly in foster care 
 
Friendsgiving Celebration 4:30-6:30pm
Southern Winter IYAB Meeting: 6:30-7:30pm 
 
Northeast Winter IYAB Meeting: TBD! 
Megan Trible

Questions? Contact Megan Trible, Director of Youth Engagement

Call or text 317-504-4196   •   [email protected]

Indiana Youth Advisory Board

The first way to get involved is through the Indiana Youth Advisory Board (IYAB). IYAB is a group led by (you and) your peers  with lived experience in foster care and is facilitated by a Foster Success staff member. Learn more...

Annual Conference & Events

Each year, Foster Success coordinates an annual youth engagement conference hosted by the Indiana Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) to bring together teens and young adults with lived experience in foster care. Learn more...

Indiana Youth Advisory Board

The first way to get involved is through the Indiana Youth Advisory Board (IYAB). IYAB is a group led by a group of teens and young adults from across Indiana who are currently in or have lived experiences in foster care

IYAB is a safe space for young people to talk about issues that affect them. Therefore, there are no adult workers present at IYAB meetings. All meetings are facilitated by older young people who are transitioning of the foster care system.

  • Attend an IYAB event or IYAB meeting!
  • Join by completing an IYAB Member application
  • Lead as a member of the IYAB Leadership Team

Current and past IYAB members have said their participation in meetings provided them a space for healing and community. It also provided them with the confidence to grow their leadership skills and personal growth to empowerment.

Feel free to attend a meeting and see what it’s all about even before you fill out an application!

How do I become involved in IYAB?

Levels of involvement in IYAB:

  • Participant: Someone who attends IYAB Meetings
  • Member: Someone who attends meetings regularly and has the opportunity to be involved in board activities, has a voice in setting priorities for the year. To become a member, you must complete the IYAB application and attend at least two meetings per year.
  • Leadership Team Member: Attends and facilitates IYAB Meetings, organizes and attends board activities, plans and hosts the annual conference, uses member and participant voice to set priorities for the year and represents IYAB on a state and national level.

Meet the current Leadership Team

Annual Conference

Each year, Foster Success coordinates an annual conference hosted by the Indiana Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) to bring together teens and young adults with lived experience in foster care.

The one-day conference has a variety of helpful sessions based on topics that IYAB members identify for those currently and formerly in foster care, an awards ceremony to recognize some inspiring people, and then wraps up with a Statewide IYAB meeting.

It’s a can’t miss event!

See the 2021 Agenda and Award Winners and find out more about the 2022 Annual Conference

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