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We’ve Reached Out Goal!

Learn more about how you can give a special gift through Slumberland Furniture Stores & Mattresses. Wow! With nearly 800 shares for the “My Own Pillow” campaign, we reached our max goal in just a few days! Thanks to you, Slumberland be donating $4,000 to the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) so that kids moving into foster care can know the comfort of having their own pillow. Your shares mean  [ Read More ]

In the Spotlight with Brenda Layne

Brenda Layne talks with MYOI Representative Paula Laquerre and Board Memember  Lorraine Day about Slumberland’s My Own Pillow Initiative. Listen now.

Serving their community

Appeared in Hillsdale.net on 03/27/14. Photo taken by Andy Barand   Youth from the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative recently presented 25 handmade blankets to the Hillsdale Community Health Center. Youth in the program made the blankets as a community service project. The blankets will be given to children and babies at the hospital. Pictured include MYOI coordinator Katrina Morris, Tabby Moore, Amy Zoll, R.N., C.N.M, HCHC OB manager, chief nursing  [ Read More ]

In the state of Michigan, youth and alumni of foster care are eligible to apply for extended Medicaid (until age 26) under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to sign up for extended benefits is just around the corner! We have worked with students, campus coaches, and DHS staff, to figure out what helpful tips make the enrollment process as easy as possible. You can read more in our most  [ Read More ]

By Kathryn Gosaynie, Graduate Student, Clinical Social Work FAME Program Mentoring Coordinator, Michigan State University The FAME Program at Michigan State University (MSU) has partnered with Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) of Ingham County to connect high school-aged students in foster care to foster care alumni attending MSU. MYOI is a program through the Department of Human Services focusing on independent  living for older youth in foster care. FAME students  [ Read More ]

Milford resident Dennis Schneider, who was raised through the foster care system, doesn’t want sympathy. “That’s not what you want to hear” being a foster kid, said Schneider, 18, an engineering student at Western Michigan University. “What we really need is for the money (for foster care) to distributed correctly …. need to provide a stable house for the child to grow up, and we need mentors ­— we need  [ Read More ]

  The Detroit Free Press released a story on foster youth helping to push for more accountability in the foster care system, featuring a MYOI student Kamile Tynes. She is a University of Michigan student who has spent years in the Michigan foster care system and says she had both good workers and workers she felt didn’t care about her. Kamille Tynes finds herself in a place she never expected to be: representing  [ Read More ]

Family-Type Support for Foster Youth

  The Blue Babies of Park West Foundation are youth who are, or were in the child welfare system and who are committed to improving themselves and other youth who are in care. Most attend college and others are working on the goal of a college education or a trade skill. The youth work as a family to support, educate and encourage growth in each other and their community. “We saw  [ Read More ]

  A teen-age foster youth who is a member of the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) Youth Panel in Jackson says that program has been “a life saver” for him. The teen, Daniel Minnick, recently wrote a letter to Jackson County staff about how the program for foster youth transitioning to adulthood has helped him. Here are some excerpts from the letter: “Some of the things I learned in this program  [ Read More ]

Join Our Twitter Conversation

To spark a movement in support of improving educational outcomes for students in foster care, the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education is hosting a #FosterEdSuccess tweet chat on Thursday, January 30, 2014 (12:00-1:00 PM ET). This tweet chat – which will be moderated by Juvenile Law Center – comes on the heels of two Hill briefings on the educational challenges of young people in foster care, and  [ Read More ]