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, on the third Thursday of January, April, July and October. Here is a link to our meeting schedule in 2022.

The OHIO YAB invites each regional/county board to nominate two YAB Ambassadors, to serve on the statewide board. 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
  • Todd Brooklyn, Ashtabula County
  • Raven Grice, Regine Turner and Makayla Lang, Cuyahoga County
  • Alexys Madero, Emmonie Crouch and Karimah Addison-Bolding, Franklin County
  • Kendalyn Paynter, Greene County
  • Jaliesha Brown, Hamilton County
  • Fayvian Ferguson, Lake County
  • Jorge Cortes, Lorain County
  • Autumn Henigin, Montgomery County
  • Kelsie Brown, Warren 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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