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Foster Youth to Present 'Digital Stories' at Bear Tooth Saturday A.M.


Feb. 5, 2010

Twelve members of Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA), recently completed a digital storytelling project that focuses on the personal experiences of current and former foster care youth across Alaska on the topics of permanency, culture, and education. They will premiere their work on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Bear Tooth Theater.

Digital stories outline personal experiences through multimedia. Using digital images, music and voiceovers, storytellers are able to share their personal experiences in a way that represents the common experiences of those in and from foster care. These stories highlight the need for foster care reform in our state in the areas of educational stability and sustainable higher education, permanency for youth in care and the need for foster home stability, and cultural competency by ensuring children and youth in foster care remain in their home communities and connected to their cultural heritage and ethnic background.

FFCA member Slade Martin shared his thoughts on his hope for the use of his story, “By getting my story out there I hope to accomplish several things. I want to promote awareness and show that the struggles and challenges foster youth are faced with are not typical adolescent issues, and that people can bounce back from any unfortunate situation including ones that involve discrimination, prejudice and ignorance. I want to be a positive role model for future generations to come and teach those who will be working with them.”

FFCA has been working since 2003 to improve Alaska’s foster care system. “We will use these stories to train foster parents, social workers, and various other child welfare staff across the state in hopes to improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care,” said Amanda Metivier, FFCA statewide coordinator. “Our biggest hope is to educate lawmakers about what happens to young people in foster care as they bounce between homes and schools and lose relationships. These stories show the need for some real solutions.”

“Foster care isn’t just an “issue,” said Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage). “It’s a web of strong stories from young Alaskans, who’ll benefit us all if we listen.”

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Amanda Metivier at facing_fostercare@yahoo.com or call 230-8237.

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