Date: 5/12/2017, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Young people in the child welfare system are often faced with real and perceived disempowerment as they are forced into care, excluded from the decision making process, and multiply impacted by systemic oppression. Adultism, racism, classism, and heterosexism are just a few of the “isms” faced by youth whose for a variey of reasons find themselves clients in our social service agencies. The process of youth empowerment involves identifying ways to relinquish power and provide knowledge in order to allow young people to become increasingly independent, strong, confident, and in control of their own lives and destinies.
During this interactive session participants will work to unearth the roles that we play in the disempowerment of youth in care, and explore ways to empower youth. This will include learning practical steps and practices we can take to relinquish and share power, educate youth in care, challenge our own internalized oppression, and provide education for change.