(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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Project Maryvale Co-Director | Applied Math 2021
I am so grateful for MESH for providing me with opportunities to volunteer with the underserved community. Over the past few years, I have learned so much from the time I have spent with the foster youth at the Maryvale Residential Home. These experiences have given me a different perspective on education and healthcare, while also educating me on the foster care system. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and trips to the beach!
Project Maryvale Co-Director | Human Biology and Society 2021
MESH provides a great opportunity for students to work with underserved populations while also raising awareness about and themselves becoming advocates for these communities. Project Maryvale specifically has educated me on the numerous barriers foster youth face and the ways in which we can best provide support for these individuals within the scope of our organization. I hope to take what I have learned from Maryvale and its mission of education and empowerment with me in the future when working in the field of healthcare policy.