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 customarily meets on a quarterly basis, on the third Thursday of January, April, July and October. However, due to COVID-19, the OHIO Youth Advisory Board has been unable to hold in-person statewide meetings since January 16, 2020.

The OHIO YAB invites each regional/county board to nominate two YAB Ambassadors, to serve on the statewide board at this time. Here is a link to the nomination form.

OHIO YAB Protocol

The OHIO YAB welcomes insights and invitations from our allies. We have established protocols 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. We have also recommended a protocol for CST engagement.

OHIO YAB Tools and Projects:

These include:


Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board


County/Regional YAB Ambassadors:

  • Roman Sandhu, Allen County
  • Kyajah Rodriguez, Athens County
  • MaKayla Lang and Kourtney Morgan, Cuyahoga
  • Raven Grice and Nariah Swails, Cuyahoga ~ CSU
  • Karimah Addison-Bolding and Curtis Malone, Franklin County
  • Stevie Hayslip, Greene County
  • MeKaisha Hatcher, Hamilton County
  • Fayvian Ferguson and Vincent Badalamenti, Lake County
  • Gregory Bowman and Kennedy Sheridan, Lorain County
  • Justin Curtis and Tajanae Martin, Montgomery County
  • Raven Baggett and Izabell Loue, Stark County
  • Jonathan Thomas, Wood 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

www.facebook.com/ohioyab

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