FREDERICTON, November 29, 2017 – Officially proclaimed in 2014, the New Brunswick Children and Youth in Care Day offers a chance to recognize and celebrate the lives and achievements of youth in the provincial care system. It serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that is too often associated with being in care.
Proclaimed by official decree by Lieutenant-Governor Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, this important recognition came at the heels of a number of key projects put forth by members of our New Brunswick Youth in Care Network (NBYICN). Funded in part by the Government of New Brunswick, the NBYICN is a Partners For Youth program developed by current and former youth in care that seeks to engage and empower youth in care by involving them in highly supportive projects that focus on elements of self-fulfillment, leadership skills development, and peer-based social action.
This year, regional events are taking place throughout the province to mark our provincial Children and Youth in Care Day. These events include a number of large group gatherings and food for youth in provincial care. They also present an occasion to build a sense of community for a group that often must navigate challenging family situations.
The New Brunswick Youth in Care Network
The New Brunswick Youth In Care Network (NBYICN) seeks to develop a sense of belonging and a spirit of leadership in youth who find themselves in the provincial care system. Since its beginnings in 2010, network members have had a considerable impact on the policies that govern and administrators who manage the care system.
Any person who is currently or who was once in care can join the NBYICN by contacting our project coordinator. Some choose to become a part of the network leadership group; others simply join us to take part in PFY events and workshops.
If you are a professional who works with youth in care, and you think someone you work with would benefit from being part of the NBYICN, contact our project coordinator for more information. For more information, visit our NBYICN program page.