Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition
The mission of the Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition (HFYC) is to assist youth in the foster care system to see the infinite pathways and possibilities of their lives, advise and advocate for opportunities for youth in care, and allow youth to enjoy a productive present and a successful future.
This is accomplished by current and former foster youths, ages 14-24, serving as effective role models and developing positive avenues and resources in cooperation with a supportive community. Local chapters meet monthly across the state, creating opportunities for youths to connect in fun and safe ways, to learn leadership skills, to do community service projects, and to have a voice in the foster care system.
We help transition youth aged 14-24 in the foster care system and other out-of-home placements to build a successful future. This is done by partnering with others to provide training in leadership, independent living skills, financial literacy, healthy relationships, computer skills, conflict resolution and other areas that will be helpful to them. We prepare them for careers, job training and higher education through workshops on scholarships, career options and provide mentoring. Other activities also include legislative advocacy and youth help train social workers and foster parents on the needs of the children in their care.
The Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition is statewide and has local chapters on Oahu including an UHM chapter, QID (Queer Identity) chapter, Interact Club, Waianae chapter, North Shore chapter, Windward chapter; neighbor islands have chapters in Kona and Hilo; Maui and Kauai.
For more information on Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition, call (808) 545-5683 or (808) 256-3176 or visit our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fosteryouthspeak