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 2019 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, consider filling out the 2017 OHIO YAB Officer in Training Application.

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

Recently Completed Video Project:
The OHIO Youth Advisory Board recently created a video to recruit community members to serve as foster parents for teenagers. The video application is closed, and we are happy to announce that this project is complete. You can watch the finished video on YouTube.

The OHIO Youth Advisory Board has also created a menu of ways that community members can help improve outcomes for the foster care population.


Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory


Vice President: Samantha Dillon, Athens County
*Supported by Vice President runner-up Justiynn Stoneknight, Hamilton County

Media Spokespersons: Christian Warren, Greene County and D’Marco Shaw, Montgomery County

Parliamentarian:  Stevie Hayslip, Greene County
*Supported by Von’Celis Leonard of Montgomery County and Matthew Williamson of Hamilton County

Secretary:  Evelyn Self, Lucas/Sandusky County

Treasurer: Roman Sandhu, Allen County  

Officers-in-Training  Sue Eledkawi, Montgomery County and Kyajah Rodriguez, Franklin County

Ohio YAB Resources

2018 OYAB Meeting Dates

2018 OHIO YAB Stipends

2017 OHIO YAB Strategic Plan

OHIO YAB Membership Form

OHIO YAB Constitution

OHIO YAB Code of Conduct

Ohio YAB featured in ODJFS First Friday

First Friday – Feb 2016

Ohio YAB Facebook


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