Youth Voice

Movement

One Voice IMPAACT

YOUTH VOICE TO FOSTER CHANGE

In July 2019, Selfless Love Foundation joined forces with Florida Coalition for Children to support the ONE VOICE IMPAACT (OVI) statewide youth initiative. OVI provides current and former foster youth opportunities to: 

  • DEVELOP skills for leadership and life.
  • ADVOCATE for changes to policy.
  • JOIN a network of youth leaders who are making a difference in  child welfare today and for generations to come.

 

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One voice impaact

About us

 Who? Youth Leaders impacted by the foster care system

What? Selfless Love Foundation’s youth-driven initiative amplifying youth voice

Where? Youth Councils are formed across the state of Florida

When? Monthly meetings and quarterly webinars

How? Sign up by joining the youth voice movement HERE

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“OVI is the coolest thing ever. It gives a voice to foster care youth. It gives us an opportunity to tell the leaders to make changes.”

Discover, Develop, and Demonstrate Your Talents

Foster youth and alumni across the state

Want to be heard? Integrate YOUR VOICE into decision making, program improvement, policy development, and other important areas. Join the Youth Voice Movement by signing the pledge today.

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WANT TO LEARN MORE about our ovi network of councils?

Check out our OVI Manual Here!

Show your support by signing the youth voice pledge!

We are hoping to have 1000 people show their support for youth in foster care by signing the Youth Voice Pledge.

Former Foster Youth

Supporters

Diamond Whitley

Communications Intern

John Watson

Youth Engagement Intern

Meet our Team

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A special thank you to our community partners!

DREAM TANK COMPETITION

Five selected finalists will present their dreams/aspirations on May 14, 2022 at The Dream Tank Competition in Palm Beach. 

Each finalist will receive an award of $1,000. The winner will receive a $5,000 award.

All contestants have completed Leadership Training prior to entering.

Former foster youth who successfully complete the Dale Carnegie Training are eligible to apply to participate in Selfless Love’s Dream Tank. Five youth are selected to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over the course of nine months, the Dream Tank finalists will participate in sessions on speech writing and presentation, professional etiquette, business tips from top leaders, and investment basics. They will be introduced to professional connections in their field of interest and gain valuable knowledge and skills as they prepare to reveal their dream at Dream Tank Competition held each spring the night before SLF’s Gala in Palm Beach, Florida. On top of this incredible experience, all finalists will receive a $1,000 award and the winner receives a $5,000 award.

OUR 2021 finalists

Rayla James

The Dream Tank illustrated the incredible amount of support I have pushing me to reach my goals. I learned the value of being vulnerable despite its difficulty and the importance of building social capital around people who share similar passions.

Esperanza Harb

My favorite part of the Dream Tank was touching lives in ways I don’t even know yet, building solid forever relationships, and gaining knowledge that will be effective for a lifetime.

Timothy-Jordan Klohr

The one thing I liked the most about the Dream Tank was being given the opportunity to share my dream with those eager to listen.

A'miracle Smith

The Dream Tank taught me that whenever you surround yourself with pureness, care, honesty and selfless love, that even the toughest battles can become the easiest ones.

Diamond Whitley

I felt like I was important and that what I wanted to do with my life was important. Not only did the judges think my 5-year plan was deserving of praise but also of a monetary prize that would, in the end, help me pursue my dream.

Thank you for The Pulte Family Foundation for supporting our Dale Carnegie Leadership Training and Dream Tank Competition.

Follow the love

Youth transitioning out of the foster care system need all the same things that other youth need but without family to support them they have a steeper climb to self-sufficiency. Follow the Love (FTL) is a relational permanency initiative focused on ensuring that ALL youth who age out of the system have a formalized connection with a supportive adult to help them transition to adulthood. In 2022, the FTL collaborative initiative is being launched as a pilot in Florida with six agencies.

Dream Tank 2022 Applications Due September 3, 2021

Sign the Pledge

Show your support for youth in foster care by signing the youth voice pledge.

Webinar & Trainings

Various webinars and trainings are taking place throughout the year.

OVi Reports

Issue reports combine research, policy review, data, and youth voice to offer findings and questions for the field.
Connect with OVI on social media!
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“We realized YOU were the missing piece of our puzzle.”

Lopez Family

We were ready to give up on our dream...

when we were asked if we would be interested in meeting twin boys. The rest is history.

Sulieman Family

We waited over one year to be matched with a child and almost gave up.

In less than one month of registering on Family-Match, we were matched with two siblings and adopted them in less than three months. I hope our story gives hope to other families not to give up on your dream of adopting.

Brennan Family

We were waiting, but not just waiting for “any child”, we were waiting for “our” child

We were waiting for the child that was supposed to come to our family. All 3 of our children are exactly where they’re supposed to be.

Stubbs Family

We were matched in less than two months!

We waited over one year the first time, but with our second child we registered on Family-Match and in less than two months we were matched. I know it was because we were able to create a profile on Family-Match which allowed us to share videos, photos, and paint a story of our family for case workers over the entire state of Florida to have access to.

Albrecht Family

Our children were in foster care for over 1,000 days.

Adoption transformed their lives, and ours. We are truly a family because of Selfless Love Foundation.

Bowman Family

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