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OHIO Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB)  

The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB) is a statewide organization of young people ages 14 to 24 who have experienced foster care.  OHIO YAB is a knowledgeable statewide voice that influences policies and practices that effect all youth who have or will experience out of home care. They provide an open and constructive venue for youth to connect with others who share the experience of foster care, express their ideas and opinions, and positively affect Ohio’s child welfare system. To learn more, visit fosteractionohio.org/yab

Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now Ohio (ACTION Ohio)  

Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now Ohio (Action Ohio) is a statewide group of foster care alumni who are dedicated to improving outcomes for current and former foster care youth. ACTION Ohio works with its partners to host annual early Thanksgiving dinners for foster care teens (ages 14+) and alumni. For those who have experienced foster care firsthand, holidays can be a reminder of lost connections. As former foster youth themselves, ACTION Ohio wants its brothers and sisters to know that they always have a seat at their table for Thanksgiving dinner each year. To learn more, visit fosteractionohio.org.  

Education Training Voucher 
  

The Ohio Education Training Voucher (ETV) program provides up to $5,000 a year in federal funding for qualified school-related expenses for young people who aged out of foster care or who were adopted after age 16. To qualify, you must enroll in a full-time post-secondary education or training program by age 21, continue to be enrolled, and make satisfactory progress. Funding may be used for tuition, room and board, student loan repayment, books and supplies, transportation, and/or other related expenses. To learn more, visit www.fc2sprograms.org.

FAFSA  

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to obtaining financial aid for college, including grants, work-study jobs, student loans and some scholarships. The application becomes available each year on Oct. 1. The last possible date to submit it is June 30. However, most schools require it much earlier than June 30, and early submission often results in more aid. When you complete the form, be sure to indicate in questions 53 through 58 that you’re an emancipated foster youth. For more information, visit individual college websites and fafsa.ed.gov

Medicaid  

In Ohio, youth who age out foster care are eligible for Medicaid until they turn 26. This can make it much easier to pay for doctor visits, preventative care, emergency care, hospitalization if you need it, prescriptions and more. For more information, visit benefits.ohio.gov/.

CCMEP  

Ohio’s Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) provides employment and training services to eligible low-income 16- to 24-year-olds to help them stabilize their life issues and get the skills and education they need to not only get a job, but build a career. To learn more, visit your local OhioMeansJobs center or jfs.ohio.gov/owd/CCMEP.