Our agenda is youth driven and adult supported.

  • NEYC is the New England Youth Coalition.  We’ve  been meeting since 2008, and originated from a Breakthrough Series Collaborative on adolescent permanency
  • NEYC has members from advisory boards in all 6 New England States (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • MISSION: The New England Youth Coalition consists of current and alumni foster youth and adult allies working together to better the quality of life for youth involved with the foster care system through education, advocacy, and improvement of policy and practice.

Who should join?

  • Current or former foster youth who are 16+, interested in making a positive change in the system, and who are working with a state-affiliated advisory group.

What is the commitment?

  • Monthly hour-long conference calls
  • All-day meetings at least twice a year, usually requiring an overnight stay
  • Subcommittee work as needed (usually about 1 hour per month)

What are you working on?

  • The NEYC’s main priority areas are Permanency (including siblings), Normalcy, and Education.
  • We have jointly approved a Siblings Bill of Rights for all foster youth in New England with the Commissioners and Directors of all 6 states.  The detailed implementation and distribution plans are being created in each state
  • We are building recommendations for Normalizing life in care, centered around spreading the use of NH’s normalcy survey (used in group homes & residentials)
  • We continue to build our infrastructures (such as web presence, by-laws, job descriptions, & communication strategies) to promote our long-term success.
  • We provide ongoing advice and feedback about practice and policies to leadership in state agencies.

What if I have more questions?

Grace Hilliard-Koshinsky
Grace Hilliard-Koshinsky
If you’re interested, please get in touch with the NEYC Coordinator, Grace Hilliard-Koshinsky at 617.278.4272 or gkoshinsky@jbcc.harvard.edu
If you’re interested, or have more questions you can also talk to the Adult Supporter in your state.  They work with Grace and the state advisory board to decide who will participate in NEYC calls and meetings.
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