Ohio YAB

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The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB) is a statewide organization of young people (aged 14-24) who have experienced foster care.

We exist to be the knowledgeable statewide voice that influences policies and practices that impact youth who have or will experience out of home care.

Statewide Quarterly Meetings

The OHIO Youth Advisory Board meets on a quarterly basis. Here is our 2020 Statewide Meeting Schedule.

If you are a foster care youth or alumni who is planning to attend or an adult who will be transporting young people, please RSVP to info@fosteractionohio.org. (We want to make sure that youth and alumni are included in the lunch count).

If you are a youth who wants to get more involved in the statewide board, we invite you to fill out the Ohio YAB Officer in Training Application. This provides an opportunity to shadow and work with current officers, and be involved in statewide decision-making and implementation of youth ideas.

The OHIO YAB welcomes insights and invitations from our allies. We have established protocol if you would like to invite youth to participate on a panel, or if you are interested in sharing information at one of our statewide quarterly meetings.

OHIO Youth Advisory Board Projects:

These include:


Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board


Samantha Dillon, Athens County 

Vice President:
Roman Sandhu, Allen County 

Media Spokesperson:
Denzel Warren, Franklin County

Stevie Hayslip, Greene County

Jaelyn Torrence, Stark County

Ja’Nisha Butler, Cuyahoga County  


  • Kyajah Rodriguez, Talia Holmes, Karimah Addison-Bolding, Jamilia Battle, and Jazmin Blair, Franklin County
  • Mikaylee Morgan and Sabrina Walters, Stark County
  • Annabel Holland, Greene County

Ohio YAB Resources

2020 OHIO YAB Strategic Focus Areas

OHIO YAB Membership Form

OHIO YAB Constitution

OHIO YAB Code of Conduct

General Format of Statewide OHIO YAB meetings:

11 am – 11:15 am – OHIO YAB Youth Officers report out on recent events
11:15 – noon – Youth participants separate into brainstorming sessions in different corners of the room
Noon – Lunch
12:30 – Continued brainstorming
1:00 pm – Youth participants report out on their brainstorming, and define next steps to move forward
1:45 pm – New and Good / Updates from county/regional YABs
2:00 pm – Departure

Ohio YAB featured in ODJFS First Friday

First Friday – Feb 2016

Ohio YAB Facebook


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