A Platform for Lived Experience

Alliance for Our Futures seeks to bring together youth voices authentically, create space for youth and young adults with lived experience to work alongside system leaders to find solutions to local issues, and provide a platform for statewide collaboration.

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About Us

The Texas Alliance of Child and Family Service has partnered with the Selfless Love Foundation, a Florida non-profit, to create a statewide youth voice movement with a dual focus on transition age foster youth and child welfare system improvement. That’s us… Alliance for Our Futures. We strive for a system where transitioning youth are viewed as organizational assets; youth voice is embedded in local and statewide policy and practice; and child welfare staff are better equipped to engage and support transitioning youth.

In Partnership With:

Our Network

What We Do

Alliance for Our Futures seeks to harness authentic youth voices, create space for youth and young adults with lived experience to work alongside system leaders to find solutions to local issues and provide a platform for statewide collaboration. We are a youth engagement initiative that provides current and former foster youth opportunities to:

Develop

Develop skills for leadership and life.

Build

Build relationships with likeminded peer leaders.

Advocate & Educate

Advocate and educate for policy changes.

join

Join a network of youth leaders across the state of Texas to improve the system of care.

Get Involved

Alliance for Our Futures is designed to support Texas youth between the ages of 13-23 that have lived foster care experience.

  Be between the ages of 13 and 23 years old. 

  Live in stable housing, employed, and/or are pursuing educational/workforce development goals. 

  Have an interest and passion for learning about challenges and finding solutions to improve foster care outcomes. 

  Support our Mission, Vision, and Values. 

  Willing to educate the public, policymakers, and youth practitioners. 

  Attend Monthly Workshops, Statewide Monthly Calls, Quarterly Town Halls, and other leadership opportunities. 

  Collaborate with key decision-makers. 

  Build relationships and increase your leadership and communication skills. 

  Meet and collaborate with peer leaders across the state who are equally passionate about improving foster care outcomes. 

  Be trained on skills that you can use to put on your resume. 

  Participation stipends. 

Learn more about our activities, find our frequently asked questions and join!

Opportunities

Dale Carnegie Leadership Program

Events

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29 Feb

Virtual Workshop

  • 5:00 pm
  • Zoom

Great relationships are built on communication and trust. Learn how to build trust quickly, improve your listening skills, and deepen your empathy for your peers. We will practice listening skills to provide peer support, practice building trust to deepen relationships, and practice different kinds of listening and managing internal emotions during difficult conversations. Any Texas youth/young adult between the ages of 14-25 is welcome to attend. All participants who complete the pre/post surveys and participate during the workshop, will receive a $25 incentive.

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Leroy Berrones Soto

Leroy Berrones Soto Jr.

Youth Impact Project Manager

What we do

We host Monthly Workshops, Monthly Statewide Meetings, Quarterly Townhalls, Service Projects, 

and participate in Foster Youth Voice Month in October.

Monthly Workshop Themes

Lead your way: Creating a Leadership plan

‘Lead Your Way’ focuses on giving you all of the tools you need to create your own leadership development plan. This type of plan can help you grow in your current role and also prepare you to take on additional leadership responsibilities in a new role.

Look & Listen/Local Advocacy: Improving communication, trust & empathy

Youth organizing is the process of building power as a group and using this power to create positive change in their lives. Learn about youth organizing, develop a root cause tree, host focus groups, and move the needle on local issues.

Strategic Sharing: Healthy, purposeful sharing

How to share your story in a healthy purposeful manner.

Self-Advocacy: Advocating effectively and appropriately

Understand where youth voice is required in the child welfare system and how to appropriately advocate for yourself in those situations.

Better Together: Strengthening youth-adult partnerships

Understand the strengths that youth/adults bring to the partnership.

Legislative Advocacy: Engaging, influencing outreach

FAQ

Do I qualify to be a Youth Leader? 

Alliance for Our Futures is designed to support Texas between the ages of 13-23 that have lived foster care experience. There is no previous advocacy or leadership experience required. We encourage young people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, from low-income families, with disabilities, or from other underrepresented communities to join. 

What is Alliance for Our Futures, and what is it not? 

Alliance for Our Futures is a statewide youth movement that strives to amplify youth voices and facilitate the youth-adult partnerships. We provide free monthly workshops, statewide meetings to connect with other areas of the state, quarterly town halls and other opportunities throughout the year. 

It is not a paid internship, fellowship, or employer.  

What if I’m very busy? 

Like any other leadership program, you’ll get as much out of our program as you put into it. We hope you can join us for as many opportunities as you are able. You can also meet one-on-one with the Youth Impact Project Manager to debrief and see if there can be any arrangements made.  

Will I get paid? 

Young people who participate in monthly workshops and statewide meetings and complete the pre and post surveys, will be compensated with an e-Gift Card of their choice using Giftogram.  

Your voice matters

We encourage young people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, from low-income families, with disabilities, or from other underrepresented communities to join.