*XChange Logo Designed by Former Foster Youth, John A. Devine (California)
Foster Leaders is dedicated to ensuring that adolescents and adults from the foster care system are able to define and achieve leadership as they transition from foster care to a sustainable adult life. As Foster Leaders has expanded its efforts across the United States and beyond, we have found that those transitioning out of foster care and those who are guiding them through this transition are encountering “information overload.” We launched XChange as a resource sharing platform to alleviate the overwhelming amount of information encountered by those transitioning out of foster care and those who are guiding them through this transition.
The goal of XChange is to create a database-driven hotline that provides those transitioning out of foster care with income-earning opportunities and is available to provide personalized resource guidance to those transitioning out of foster care. Understanding that managing this kind of resource is quite complex, XChange will be established in 3 phases.
If you are a former foster youth who is interested in helping us build XChange, please browse the sections below and click here to submit a personal leadership vision.
PHASE I – STATE-SPECIFIC FACEBOOK GROUP PAGES
Our XChange team will work together to extract content from posts made on our state-specific Facebook group pages that we have been managing since 2015. They will then transfer the content to a document where the content is separated by state and compiled for use in PHASE II. The team will move through this phase one state at a time, deleting posts on the pages as content is being transferred. During this phase, each team member will continue monitoring the Facebook group page for their state. Please click here to learn more about our state-specific Facebook group pages.
PHASE II – CATEGORIZED RESOURCE DATABASE
Once PHASE I has been completed, XChange team members will be assigned to content in the compiled document. In addition to continuing their monitoring roles on the Facebook group pages for their respective states and transferring new content from their state to the compiled document, they will filter through compiled content for their state and create profiles for key information, such as: resources, events, foster youth leadership spotlights, etc. Once profiles are created, the content will be removed from the document. Document maintenance and profile generation will continue as long as Resource Guidance Hotline (Phase III) exists. Please stay tuned for more information on this phase.
PHASE III – RESOURCE GUIDANCE HOTLINE
Once PHASE II has been completed, XChange team members will work together to train and hire individuals transitioning out of foster care to operate a 24/7 resource guidance hotline. This hotline will be driven by the information profiles created in PHASE II. Through this hotline, those transitioning out of foster care and those who are guiding them through this transition will be able to access personalized resource guidance through online chat, text messages, phone calls, and other communication methods. Please stay tuned for more information on this phase.
We are establishing the Foster Leaders Fund to enable us to compensate former foster youth who are actively helping us build the XChange initiative. If you are a former foster youth who is interested in being a part of the XChange team, please click here to submit a personal leadership vision and make sure you communicate your interest in being a part of the XChange team in the “interests, hobbies, and goals” box on the form.