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!
Who Can Attend IYAB Meetings?
Older youth aged 14-23 currently + formerly in foster care, or any IYAB Member, Participant, or young people who are interested in learning more about IYAB are welcome to attend!
Come learn about IYAB and how it can benefit YOU!
VIRTUAL IYAB Meeting
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. EST September 13
WHERE: Virtual via Zoom
IYAB has CHANGED! We are now meeting ONE TIME per quarter. We will be meeting as ONE statewide board and hope you attend to share your voice. Members will receive a $40 stipend for attending. Non-Members are also encouraged to attend and will receive a $25 stipend for attending.
The meeting will be led by the IYAB Leadership Team. Come meet other young people from across the state! Get updates about this year’s focus areas including LGBTQ+, Racial Justice & Equity, Health & Well-Being, Employment & Residential Services. We hope to see you there and hear your voice.
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This event will provide a space for older foster youth to learn about the response to new COVID-19 guidelines, the updates on the extension of care, and how DCS is currently supporting youth of color in the Child Welfare system.
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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.
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.
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.