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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

Mar
25
Mon
2019
#FosterUp
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

 

Foster UP is a peer support group for individuals that were raised in foster care. (Those who were raised in Kinship Care are welcomed to join as well ). Foster Up is a group designed to create a safe space for individuals who have encountered the child welfare system at one point in their lives. The hope for this group is to work towards empowering those who have been in care, as well as de-stigmatize the negative stereotypes surrounding foster kids.

Individuals will have the opportunity to share their stories/experiences in the system. We will discuss current issues within the system and work towards advocating for change. ***Those who have not been in care but have been impacted by the child welfare system are welcome to join. Please email uwfosterup@gmail.com prior to attending group meeting***

For more information, please contact Natasha Reimer at reimer-n62@webmail.uwinnipeg.ca or natashadreimer@gmail.com

Voices Leadership Team (Spring Break)
Mar 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

At our weekly meetings, practice 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.

Leadership will be 1:30-4:30 on the Monday of Spring Break.  Stay tuned for activity details!

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

Mar
26
Tue
2019
Voices ROx: UPuttz (Spring Break)
Mar 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

We’re going to spend the afternoon at UPuttz getting our glow golfing on!  Or lazer tagging.  Or doing any of the other fun activities they have to offer.  Call 204-982-4956 and ask Johnathan for more information if you’re interested in coming!

Voices Random Oxygen (ROx) is our alumni-initiated activity meant to get youth in and from care physically active.  Let us know if you have ideas for fun, physical activities we can try! Snacks and bus tokens provided.

2018-2019 Scholar’s Awards Night
Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the recipients of the 2018-2019 Voices Scholarships, including the Peter D. Curry Memorial Scholarship, the Voices Bursary, and the Lemonade Award!

Details on location will be posted shortly.  Call Jainna at 204-982-4956 for more information and to RSVP!

System Kidz on CKUW 95.9fm
Mar 26 @ 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