One Voice IMPACT (OVI) is a youth engagement initiative powered by Selfless Love Foundation that provides current and former foster youth opportunities to:
Together, our network of young people and child welfare system professionals are giving youth voices center stage to raise awareness about the value of youth participation in decisions that impact their future.
Want to be heard? Integrate YOUR VOICE into decision making, program improvement, policy development, and other important areas by getting involved with OVI's various programs.
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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
“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.”
We are hoping to have 1000 people show their support for youth in foster care by signing the Youth Voice Pledge.
Former Foster Youth
Youth Engagement Intern
Elizabeth Wynter, EdD, LMHC
SLF Executive Director
SLF Youth Initiatives Director
OVI Network Director
SLF Community Relations Director
OVI Youth Engagement Specialist
OVI Youth Council Specialist
The OVI Network of Youth Councils seeks to harness authentic youth voice, giving youth with lived experience opportunities to work alongside system leaders to find solutions to local issues and give councils a platform for statewide collaboration.
Want to learn more about our Youth Councils? Contact Kendra at [email protected].
OVI provides self, local, and legislative advocacy training to agencies across Florida. Youth and staff champions learn alongside one another on how and when youth with lived foster care experience should participate in decisions that impact them and develop strategies for improving the very system designed to provide them with services and support.
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.
Each year, OVI provides Foundation for Success – Dale Carnegie Virtual Leadership Training to a select group of youth from around the state with the help of our generous sponsor, Pulte Family Charitable Foundation. Over the course of six (6) meetings, participants develop vital skills in the following key areas:
Financial | Personal | Community | Education | Vocation | Health
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 the year, Dream Tank contestants 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.
Dream: To open a supportive housing community that provides former foster youth with a loving environment and positive role models to guide them toward accomplishing their dreams.
Dream: To create a centralized resource hub for domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and child abuse survivors
Dream: To build upon and enhance resources and supports dedicated for those with lived foster care experience and advocate to make these benefits uniform across the U.S.
Dream: To own a coffee shop that employs underrepresented people and creates a safe place for them to learn life skills with real life opportunities to grow, learn, and be supported.
Dream: To have a nonprofit that creates opportunities for underserved children through mentorship.
Thank you to The Pulte Family Foundation for supporting our Dale Carnegie Leadership Training and Dream Tank Competition.
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 (6) agencies.
Help us change the way the world sees foster youth each October and year-round through our Foster Youth Voice month campaign that features blogs written by youth with lived foster care experience and system professionals, events with our Network of Youth Councils, and more!
Stay tuned for more on our 2022 campaign and get involved by emailing [email protected]!
OVI has partnered with the Florida Institute for Child Welfare (FICW) on a podcast series to get "Transition-Age Foster Youth Get Plugged Into Resources." Listen to learn more about how you can access these resources!
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