In August the Youth Advisory Council of the Department of Services of Children, Youth and Their Families held their 13th annual conference called “Destined for Greatness.” Some of the First UU ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) team attended to interact with Independent Living Coordinators from all over Delaware, youth in and aging out of foster care and to hear a very inspirational keynote presentation by Kevin Y. Brown (a former foster care person). Kevin offered great motivation to all but particularly drove home the fact that being a foster child does not limit where one can go in life. Check out his story and online series of talks.
Governor Markell signed House Bill 46 providing expanded rights to foster children which was very exciting as many attending the conference had worked to get that legislation in place.
Break time and lunch were great opportunities to talk with the youth who were also inspirational in their abilities, interests, skills and mostly their openness to interact. We heard about their dreams, their needs for support, their successes, their challenges and their appreciation for the support they receive – some were actually ILYA recipients.
As a surprise, ILYA was recognized and given an award for the support our program provides for these youth. Betty Wier, Barbara Perry and Lois Morris were also presented with flowers which we gratefully accepted in the name of First Unitarian Church. This is recognition of your support for this most worthy cause. Thank you, First U!!!