February 19, 2019 – Greensboro, NC – SaySo, Strong Able Youth Speaking Out, is hosting a one-day statewide conference to promote youth voice, leadership, and engagement. The event includes a range of workshops, regional election for the youth board of directors, reunion celebration for members, and acknowledgement of local chapter achievements.
SaySo, a program of Children’s Home Society of NC, is a statewide association of youth aged 14 to 24 who are, or have been, in the out-of-home care system in North Carolina, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements. Its mission is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support to youth who are or have been in substitute care.
“SaySo Saturday” Conference
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Registration: 8:30 am-9:00 am
Festivities: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Bennett College Global Learning Center
507 Gorrell Street, Greensboro, NC
To learn more about youth-led SaySo and the supports it provides to foster care youth to elevate their voices
SaySo will celebrate its 21st birthday at the event. SaySo began in 1998, and today the organization boasts 27 chapters across North Carolina and a membership of over 500 young adults in foster care and alumni. Through a series of yearly conferences, events, and opportunities for youth in foster care, they help youth with their lives within the system of care, as well as transitioning out of foster care, by informing them of services and resources available to them and teaching them essential life skills. SaySo also advocates for foster care at the local and state government levels, informing legislators of the challenges and opportunities facing youth in foster care.
For more information about SaySo and “SaySo Saturday,” please contact Carmelita Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year Children’s Home Society served more than 18,000 North Carolina children and families in its mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family. This included providing a safe haven for more than 870 children with foster care families, giving 203 children a permanent family to call their own through adoption, and providing educational services to nearly 13,000 teens, parents, and professionals.