For over a decade, current and former foster youth in our Leadership Program have led self-advocacy efforts, implemented large-scale projects, and inspired others to advocate for themselves, inform others, and create meaningful change.
Movements go nowhere without people. If you're currently in foster care, or have past live experience in care, we'd love to hear from you!
Collectively changing how youth in the foster care system are illustrated, recognized, and cared for. A group of intergenerational leaders with firsthand foster care experience, distinct expertise and direct stakes in creating a healthier culture and experience for young people in care. Their goal is ambitious: to confront rampant bias and reframe public perception of people with experience in foster care.
A vibrant network for professionals with a lived foster care experience. Altura Collaborative provides members networking, mentorship and career resources. The goal is to develop important connections, while acknowledging the unique needs of those with a lived foster care experience. Altura is a platform to share ideas, opinions and advice with peers, while working to advance careers.
The Mobile Village Kitchen
We opened The Mobile Village Kitchen [dubbed "The MVK"] in 2015, an original concept developed over five years by Peace4Kids' youth. The MVK is a solution to the missing food legacy for youth in foster care, improving health outcomes and tackling food inequity in South LA. A Peace4Kids original concept, ideated and designed by our community along with architect and former board chair Deborah Richmond.
A network of youth leaders advocating for change in child welfare. Participation in the redesign of Youth Development Services led to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services changing how it measures success. The change has allowed the department to identify areas of improvement and better allocate resources and effectively target services to those in need.
All I Did was Turn 18 Campaign
Peace4Kids was instrumental, through advocacy events and national media coverage, in supporting the passage of AB12, California legislation that extends support for foster youth until the age of 21.