Who We Are
Family & Youth Initiative grew out of a need to support older teens in foster care who would otherwise have no caring adults in their lives.
Before we were Family & Youth Initiative, we were the Kidsave Weekend Miracles program, funded by a five year Adoption Opportunities grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We learned a lot through the work of that grant - both from the families and youth we served and the other Adoption Opportunities agencies. At the end of the HHS grant when Kidsave decided to close Weekend Miracles in DC, we were not willing to walk away from the wonderful teens then in the program or the many others also in foster care. We knew we could make a difference in their lives. We created Family & Youth Initiative to keep going and build on what we had begun.
Family & Youth Initiative is a non-profit organization. We incorporated in October 2010 and received our 501(c)3 status in March 2011.
The strength of our program comes from those who participate with us.
Our program continues to grow, with many new volunteers and six new teen participants.
To date, two teens have had their adoptions finalized and three others placed with their pre-adoptive families.
We honored NBC4 news anchor and founder and host of Wednesday's Child Barbara Harrison at our Establishing Roots fundraiser.
We honored former DC Mayor (and former foster child) Anthony Williams at our Establishing Roots fundraiser.
Fair Chance selected Family & Youth Initiative as a new partner.
Four DCFYI teens had their adoptions finalized.
An article about DCFYI (our first) appeared in Huffington Post.
We held our first big fundraisers ("Give your HeART to a Child" in February and "Establishing Roots" in October).
We continued to hold events, recruit participants (five new teens started the program), recruit volunteers, and match adults and teens.
We also continued to build the organization, including holding our first fundraiser.
We received our first major foundation grant, from the Freddie Mac Foundation.
Our first full year of operation. We:
- Served 30 teens;
- Held 20 program events;
- Matched 11 teens with mentors;
- Matched 8 teens with host families;
- Helped 12 teens find permanent (adoptive or legal guardianship) families.
- received our 501c(3) non-profit status;
- launched our first website.
All on a budget of about $20,000.