12.01.17 by Lynn Tonini
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Lynn Tonini, M.Ed., CPLP
Aging Out Institute Announces Call for Entries for 2018 National Aging Out Institute Awards
Inaugural National Awards Program Will Honor Leaders in Field and Recognize Effective Strategies in Helping Foster Youth Transition to Adulthood
Harrisburg, PA, December 1, 2017: The Aging Out Institute (AOI) invites foster caregivers and organizations throughout the United States to submit entries for the inaugural 2018 National Aging Out Institute Awards, which will honor those who are supporting foster youth age out of foster care and into independence successfully.
Applications and instructions are available at www.agingoutinstitute.org/request-an-application/ beginning January 1, 2018. All award applications must be submitted by February 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
AOI will give out awards in four categories:
Preparing youth to complete their education before aging out
Supporting youth after they age out by helping them complete their education
Preparing youth to find steady employment before aging out
Supporting youth after they age out by helping them find steady employment
Preparing youth to acquire reliable housing before aging out
Supporting youth after they age out by helping them acquire reliable housing
Preparing youth to build relationships with supportive adults before aging out
Supporting youth after they age out by helping them build relationships with supportive adults
There will also be two optional awards, the Aging Out Innovation Award and the Integrated Aging Out Strategies Award, that may be given out based on the merits of the applicants for the categories listed above. These awards cannot be applied for directly.
A panel of eight judges will select the winners, which will be announced in August 2018.
More information on categories can be found at http://www.agingoutinstitute.org/awards/.
Broadening the Impact of the Awards
In addition to recognizing the tremendous contributions of foster caregivers and organizations, AOI hopes the awards program will be a catalyst to identify and share effective and innovative strategies with others in the foster care community.
“I want to use the awards program to get down to ground level and find out exactly what is being done on a day-to-day basis to help foster youth age out successfully,” said Lynn Tonini, M.Ed., former foster youth and founder of AOI. “Foster caregivers and organizations play a critical role in ensuring that youth can succeed after they leave foster care. If certain strategies are working for the winning foster parents and organizations, then they could work for others in the foster care community, too.”
The strategies identified through the application process will be written as white papers and distributed to the foster care community by early 2019.
About the Aging Out Institute
Started in 2010, the Aging Out Institute is dedicated to improving national outcomes for youth aging out of care by promoting resources and strategies to help youth age out of foster care and into adulthood successfully. For more information, visit www.agingoutinstitute.org.
To support the launch of the AOI awards program, you can give a donation in December, 2018, by going to the fundraising campaign at https://startsomegood.com/aoiawards.
Extra Fundraising Information:
Help the Aging Out Institute (AOI) share the most effective strategies for supporting foster youth as the age out. Through the inaugural 2018 National Aging Out Institute Awards, AOI will recognize foster caregivers and organizations and the strategies they are using to ensure that foster youth transition to adulthood successfully.
After identifying winners, AOI will hire a writer to develop white papers to describe the strategies being used to support foster youth. They will be made available to the foster care community, with the goal of spreading these approaches and improving outcomes for foster youth.
AOI needs your support to fund the writer, with a fundraising goal of $7,000. Please make a donation by going to https://startsomegood.com/aoiawards. Your gift will allow us to impact even more lives by sharing the award winning strategies to ensure that foster youth age out successfully with foster care professionals everywhere.