POSTPONED: We have the Right NOT to Remain Silent…Why kids in care need to know their rights

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Having knowledge is power, and our youth deserve all the power and knowledge needed to be successful. Florida has great resources and laws to help foster youth. However, many of these youth are uninformed about their rights and privileges under the law. In this workshop, attendees will learn the important laws affecting the lives of children in care and how to empower youth and educate them on the law. They will learn from the voice of the youth why it’s important for children to learn their rights in ways that are age-appropriate and easily understandable.  Youth will also share how having this knowledge can help them become empowered to navigate the system and advocate for their success.

This training will provide tools and strategies to help adults understand the issues and help educate and empower young people to know their rights and become strong self-advocates.  Participants from Florida Youth SHINE, an organization of current and former foster youth developed by Florida’s Children First, will present the voice of youth and share examples of their life in care to highlight the benefits of children in care knowing their rights.



Broward: Thursday, February 20th, 2020 – COMPLETED

POSTPONED: Miami: Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 

Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse
155 NW 3rd Street – 5th Floor, Training Room A
Miami, FL 33128

Tampa: Thursday, May 7th, 2020 Location TBA

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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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