Years active: 2012–2018
Fostering Change was created to strengthen support and create opportunities for youth aging out of foster care when they turned 19. Engaging foster care youth in the process and to give them resources to take an active role in addressing issues important to them was a key part of the initiative.
Fostering Change’s program included:
- Grants for non-profits providing services to youth
- Public engagement to raise awareness
- Research and learning to highlight opportunities for change
Key achievements of the initiative include:
- Providing over $5 million in grant support.
- Expanding youth engagement by non-profits to create better connections and faster access to support.
- Collecting 17,000+ petition signatures of people who wanted the government and organizations to address issues in foster care.
As a result of Fostering Change’s work, BC’s Agreements with Youth Adults (AYA) government support program expanded. Today, First Call runs the Fostering Change program.