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.

General Format of Statewide OHIO YAB meetings:

  1. OHIO YAB Youth Ambassadors report out on recent events
  2. Youth participants separate into brainstorming sessions in different corners of the room
  3. Lunch
  4. Youth participants report out on their brainstorming, and define next steps to move forward
  5. New and Good / Updates from county/regional YABs

Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board


The OHIO YAB leadership structure is made up of representatives from county and regional Youth Advisory Boards, similar to the United Nation’s leadership structure.

OHIO YAB Ambassadors:

  • Roman Sandhu, Jewel Harris, and Mattie Harrod, 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

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