FosterClub

The National Network for Youth in Foster Care

aka FosterClub   |   Seaside, OR   |  https://www.fosterclub.org

Mission

Our mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers. As the national network for young people in foster care, we believe that they deserve to be: CONNECTED to a peer support network and to people in the community who care EDUCATED about their rights, how the foster care system works, self-advocacy strategies, and how to locate resources to help them succeed INSPIRED and empowered through the stories of people who have succeeded after foster care REPRESENTED by having their voices heard by policymakers, the public, and others who influence the system that profoundly impacts their lives

Ruling year info

2000

Principal Officer

Celeste Bodner

Main address

620 S. Holladay Suite 1

Seaside, OR 97138 USA

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EIN

93-1287234

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Youth Programs: Outreach

On www.fosterclub.com young people in foster care are asking questions and finding answers.  The organization's primary communication vehicle, the website serves as a hub of information relating to foster care, including articles, message boards, contests and stories. It's a resource available to youth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Young people with lived experience in foster care are the foundation of FosterClub. Our programs provide opportunities for resilient young people -- who are determined to be successful -- improve the odds for others coming up through the system, and provide a youth voice to help change the face of foster care.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

FosterClub's training events are held across the country and feature the FosterClub All-Stars, a dynamic group of foster care alumni. Teaching through their life experiences, the All-Stars serve as peer educators and role models to other foster kids. They also train child welfare profesionals and caregivers by sharing their first-hand youth perspective.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Young people who have lived experience in foster care deserve to have input about how the child welfare system can be improved to better serve them and their families. Our public policy team works to build the capacity of young people to meaningfully participate in conversations and activities with policy makers and child welfare stakeholders to promote improved outcomes for themselves and their peers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Foster and adoptive children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Outstanding Young Leader award included a $600 scholarship for each recipient.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Foster and adoptive parents

Related Program

System Change

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More than 3000 foster parents nationwide received training with curriculum informed by young people with lived experience in foster care.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Foster and adoptive children

Related Program

Youth Programs: Lived Experience (LEx) Leaders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 19 members of our All-Star internship program logged more than 3,200 combined service hours.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. Although foster care provides a critical
safety net in our society for children and youth, being in foster care is generally a very difficult experience
for a young person. This is why FosterClub exists: to improve life in foster care. Our strategy engages
Lived Experience (LEx) Leaders in doing two things:

1. Provide direct support to young people who experience foster care, and
2. Drive change in the foster care system driven by lived experience.

We believe when young people have the support they need and opportunity to drive change in their life,
they become self-determined and do better. We also believe when the system listens to young people, it
does better. Our vision is that every young person who experiences foster care has what they need to
become self-determined.

FosterClub has set the following goals for the next five years (2022-2027):

GOAL 1: A strong COMMUNICATIONS platform positions FosterClub as the go-to connector/resource
for young people who experience foster care and serves as a leading conduit for those who want to
support them. Bold, strong communications contributed to FosterClub’s position in the child welfare field. However, FosterClub’s LEx Leaders, Staff and Board unanimously recognize the need to substantially build the
organization’s communications to all of our audiences: young people, child welfare stakeholders, and the
public.

GOAL 2: A resilient and sustainable LEADERSHIP structure provides a strong foundation for
FosterClub’s next quarter-century. In an effort to promote growth and remain sustainable, a strong leadership structure is critical.

GOAL 3: Dependable, unrestricted revenue streams provide FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY and
FLEXIBILITY for FosterClub. Over the past five years, FosterClub has experienced great improvements to its financial position. Staff has appreciated the generous participation and leadership of the Board in this area. There is still tremendous room for growth in diversification of revenue, including individual donations, corporate sponsorships, and product sales — all of which provide a foundation for sustainability, while also providing flexible funding to carry out the work of the organization.

GOAL 4: FosterClub doubles its REACH TO YOUNG PEOPLE, with a special focus on young people
under the age of 16. LEx Leaders from FosterClub expressed that expanding the reach of FosterClub should be viewed as top priority. As an organization, we maintain varying levels of engagement/ intervention with young people. As part of its logic model, FosterClub outlines its Ladder of Participation: Prospect (I’ve met FosterClub),
Learner (I’ve learned something), Member (I belong & contribute), and Leader (I am integral to the work).
FosterClub has made great progress on the Leader and Learner rungs, but there is much work to be done
to reach youth at the Prospect and Member levels.

Financials

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FosterClub

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

D'Artagnan Caliman

Meyer Memorial Trust

Term: 2016 -

Celeste Bodner

FosterClub

Meagan Tuhy

The Hello Foundation, Co-founder of FosterClub

Deborah Sorin

Community Volunteer

Marci McCoy Roth

Partner, True North Group

Benjamin Edwards

Senior Director, NIKE Inc.

Nico'Lee Biddle, LCSW

Former NFYAPC Council Member

Jennifer Delwood

Community Volunteer

Alexis Vassilakas

Global Head of Engineering, Technology Risk Group - Goldman Sachs

Cody Rivera

National Foster Youth Advocate and Entrepreneur

D'Artagnan Caliman

Meyer Memorial Trust

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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