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Voices: Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network provides support, encouragement, and advocacy to young people in and from care in Manitoba.  We come alongside youth while they are in care, as they transition to in(ter)dependence, and as they grow into adults pursuing their goals.  We are youth-driven and youth-focused. 

We raise awareness of the challenges youth-in-care face, educating the public and working with child welfare professionals to create a better system of care in Manitoba.  Improving living  conditions for children and youth who find themselves in alternative care, such as foster homes, group homes, and independent living programs.

Our programs and activities are open to all youth in & from care 12 to 30 years old. We have a growing youth membership comprised of the many cultures and ethnicities that reside in Manitoba.

Events

May
21
Tue
2019
System Kidz on CKUW 95.9fm
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Bringing the issues of youth in and from care from their lives to your minds…”

Join us for our weekly radio broadcast where we discuss topics important to youth in and from care.  Featuring guests that include youth, young adults, child welfare professionals, and community leaders.  Our goal is to help the general public understand the child welfare system better, so that you will help make the system better.

Co-hosts: Dustin Rodgers and Amy Komus

May
22
Wed
2019
Girls Group
May 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

For youth in and from care who identify as female, ages 12-24.  Join us Wednesdays as we try new things and talk about subjects that matter to us!

May
27
Mon
2019
Voices Leadership Team
May 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Develop your leadership and facilitation skills, learn how the child welfare system works, and work together to design projects and opportunities that engage, equip, and empower youth in and from care.

Activities are geared towards youth in and from care ages 14-24.

May
28
Tue
2019
System Kidz on CKUW 95.9fm
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Bringing the issues of youth in and from care from their lives to your minds…”

Join us for our weekly radio broadcast where we discuss topics important to youth in and from care.  Featuring guests that include youth, young adults, child welfare professionals, and community leaders.  Our goal is to help the general public understand the child welfare system better, so that you will help make the system better.

Co-hosts: Dustin Rodgers and Amy Komus

May
29
Wed
2019
Brandon Focus Groups!
May 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Voices: Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network is hosting a series of discussions with youth-in-care and former youth-in-care in Thompson, Brandon, Winnipeg, and Steinbach.  We want to know what kinds of supports would help you (and other youth-in/from-care), and how Voices, a youth-driven, community-based organization for youth-in-care in Manitoba, can be one of your supports.

Our discussion will not be about specific CFS agencies or CFS agency services.  We will focus on peer supports, informal supports, advocacy, and other resources. We strongly encourage youth in/from care who have not participated in Voices programming in the past, to participate in these discussion groups.

The discussions will be guided by a company called ChangeMakers.  In each community, the discussions will be divided into two groups: youth ages 14 to 18, and 19 to 24 years old.

Brandon Focus Groups: Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Youth 14-18: 12pm   Youth 19-24: 2pm

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  We are also able to help cover costs for travel for you and a support worker if needed. Please let us know of any needs related to travel as soon as possible so that we can plan to assist.

If you would like to participate in this discussion group, send an email to marie@voices.mb.ca with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Focus group community (Thompson, Brandon, Winnipeg, or Steinbach)
  • If you will bring a support worker
  • Transportation needs (like bus tokens, cab fare, or money to help with gas if you live outside of one of the communities)

Youth who are selected to participate will be contacted with further details.

As a young person with experience living in care, you are our chief stakeholder, and your voice is essential to the success of this process and the development of the Network!  Call 204-982-4956 (or toll free in Manitoba 1-866-982-4956) if you have any questions or need additional information.