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PROJECT F.A.Y.
(Fostering Awareness for Youth)

What We Do

We collaborate with the Bruin Tutor Network, a newly developed program hosted by the UCLA Pritzker Center to tutor children in the foster care system. By outlining presentations, we better prepare the tutors to deliver trauma-informed care and strengths-based tutoring. We also collaborate with external organizations to empower and mentor youth in the foster care system.

 

Currently, Project F.A.Y. aims to spread awareness about inequalities within the foster care system through our Facebook page of the same name, Fostering Awareness for Youth (FAY). Our Facebook page is a campaign to raise awareness about the complications associated with the foster care system and its consequent effects on youth in the foster care system. Foster your own social responsibility and show your support by liking the Facebook page, sharing our posts, and engaging people in your communities about foster youth and the foster care system!Check out the Facebook page for Fostering Awareness for Youth (F.A.Y.) here!

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Why Our Work Is Important

Our project focuses on bringing attention to a population that is underprivileged and largely overlooked.  Many of the youth in foster care system lack the resources and opportunities other kids of their age may have. As a result of adverse childhood experiences, many youths face negative life outcomes and coping mechanisms after their transition out of the foster care system, such as emotional and cognitive impairment and the adoption of health-risk behaviors. We hope that our efforts can counter the potential effects of adverse childhood experiences so that the youths can lead healthier lives.  

What Members Gain

EXPERIENCE

Members of Project Maryvale have opportunities to work with a population that most people at UCLA are not familiar with.  Not only do members have a chance to positively impact the lives of the youths, but they also have the opportunity to learn from these youths. 

MINDFULNESS

 Members have the chance to engage with an underrepresented community through mindful activities and learn about the foster care system. After sustainable engagements with foster youth, members gain a deeper insight of the diverse narratives of youths.

CREATIVITY

Because Project Maryvale facilitates site visits through activities and demonstrations, members have a chance to hone their communication skills, strengthen their professionalism, and demonstrate their creativity.

Our Directors

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MINDY KIM

Project F.A.Y. Co-Director | Psychobiology 2022

Since joining MESH, I've had the privilege of working with youth in the foster care system under Project FAY and advocating for underserved populations. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to learn about the unique challenges youth in the foster care system face, how to best support and amplify the voices of those underserved, and find a group of fellow members just as passionate about MESH's mission. Outside of MESH, I enjoy watching soccer and hiking!

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TIFFANY CHEN

Project F.A.Y. Co-Director | Human Biology and Society and Biomedical Research Minor 2023

I am so thankful for MESH for granting me opportunities to work with the underserved community and for educating me on the foster care system. I’ve gained valuable experiences in working with the Bruin Tutor Network to develop support and resilience training for tutors and in creating awareness campaigns to lift up youth in foster care. Looking ahead, I’m excited to continue in Project FAY as Co-Director and to bond with fellow members and officers through our amazing MESH socials. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, long walks anywhere, and lining up for BPlate!