The group itself is the solution to all of the problems we are trying to beat. YAB is youth run and helps foster youth to feel empowered and in charge of their lives.
For me, as a foster youth and as a YAB founder, I see the group as a tool for change, to help young people to grow and develop useful skills for adulthood. I have gained skills like public speaking, how to be involved and present in an interview or be an active part of group meetings. YAB creates responsibility and commitment and overall makes you feel important because of the change you are causing.
This group teaches kids to speak out and be assertive in areas where you want to see change. It adds the fuel to the fire that burns deep in every foster kid and allows a burst of flames to immense and like a phoenix out the flames; a candid, noble and literate youth is created and reborn. Foster youth endure significant trauma, but each one of us have the capacity to emerge from the flames as a phoenix, and share our strength and wisdom with others.