During the past several years, YWP staff has delivered numerous testimonies during both the performance and budget oversight hearing for CFSA, the Department of Health and Human services, the Committee on Education in addition to others. The testimonies covered issuess impacting both youth in foster care and those experiencing homelessness which include but are not limited to transportation, increasing ILP stipends, aftercare services, youth shelters and transitional housing programs.
These testimonies have produced results for the individual youth – as Committee Chairs Yvette Alexander, David Grosso, and Vincent Orange have connected our team to city resources and continued to support and look into ways to resolve the systematic issues brought to them during testimony.
YWP has established its self as a relinting force within the youth advocacy scene in DC and former Committee Chair Jim Graham called the testimony “brilliant” and YWP a “driving force for change.”
The testimony of our youth staff can be viewed at:
1) Committee on Human Services, Performance Oversight Hearing for Child and Family Services on 2.26.13 http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=1717 YWP youth testimony begins at 2:31:37; and
2) Committee on Human Services, Budget Oversight Hearing for CFSAon 4.24.13 http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=1614 YWP youth testimony begins at 2:21:34