NATIONAL FOSTER YOUTH INSTITUTE

Revolutionizing the American Foster Care System Through Education, Action, and Lifting Up Foster Youth Voices.

aka NFYI   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.nfyi.org

Mission

We aim to transform the child welfare system by building a national grassroots movement led by foster youth and their families. Truly transformative foster care reform will not come to fruition unless the individuals who have personal experience are leading the effort to develop and design needed policy change and programs.​

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Rebecca Louve Yao

Main address

3550 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1601

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

46-0809227

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Congressional Shadow Day

The Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program is a week-long immersive training for up to 100 young people from across the nation with personal experience in the foster care system, the highlight of which is Shadow Day when participants spend one-on-one time with their Congressional representative in Washington, D.C. This program allows current foster youth or alumni of foster care and Members of Congress (MOCs) to meet and learn from one another. Foster youth gain a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative processes, and policymakers hear personal testimony and experiences of youth in the child welfare system. Before Shadow Day, all participants attend trainings to prepare for their meetings with policymakers. These trainings include, strategic sharing, leadership and professional development, government, advocacy and community organizing.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Social and economic status

Our National Voices program develops platforms for foster youth voices to be lifted up and heard at both the local and federal levels. National Voices develops opportunities for constituents of care to tell their stories, share their ideas, and hone their leadership skills.

Population(s) Served

NFYI’s paid internship programs ensure that foster youth voices are the foundation of our work and help prepare participants for future jobs. Only half of former foster youth are employed at the age of 24, resulting in higher rates of poverty and homelessness. By creating internships that support NFYI’s mission and help solidify professional skills, we’re developing the next generation of leaders who are better prepared for the workforce.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents
Young adults
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Current and former foster youth.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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NATIONAL FOSTER YOUTH INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2021
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Board chair

Dr. Wendy Smith

USC

Term: 2021 -

Karen Bass

Congresswoman

Yolanda Parker

Senior Advisor

David Herbst

Vectis Strategies

Nii-Quartelai Quartey

AARP

Wendy Smith, Ph.D

USC

Jewels Washington

Private Chef/Author

Nanxi Liu

Enplug

Marcus Scribner

Actor/Activist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No