NYJL Volunteers Have Spoken: Youth Aging out of Foster Care Deserve Our Attention

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Earlier this fall, the Advocates for Public Policy committee (APP) conducted a survey of New York Junior League (NYJL) volunteers to find out which issues they feel APP should prioritize at the city level. Thank you to the over 100 NYJL volunteers who responded!

Given the NYJL’s mission to strengthen the health and well-being of children and families, it’s unsurprising that 32% of respondents identified “addressing issues for youth who are ‘aging’ out of the foster care system” as the most important policy issue and where APP should focus its local advocacy efforts.

Other key survey responses highlighted the following policy issues:

  • 23% indicated that “securing healthier food and beverage options for children in New York City schools” should be the committee’s priority local issue;
  • 21% indicated that “educating public school children about domestic violence and other sexual issues” should be the committee’s priority local issue;
  • 14% indicated that “improving the lives of victims of domestic violence” should be the committee’s priority local issue; and
  • 10% expressed a preference for “other” policy issues

APP is working to learn more about the gaps in City services affecting the approximately 23,000 youth who age out of the City’s foster care system yearly and how NYJL advocacy at the local level can affect outcomes for this underserved population.

The committee is also preparing for the upcoming fall New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior Leagues (NYSPAC) conference, where APP will explore ways to support the policy issues highlighted in our survey through our state advocacy efforts.

Finally, this spring APP will travel to Albany for its annual NYSPAC Advocacy Day. The committee is excited to hear that many respondents indicated interest in attending a training session in advance of and participating in Advocacy Day in Albany this spring. As the year progresses, APP will be in touch with NYJL volunteers regarding how best to get involved!

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

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