Advancing the Well-Being Framework
1) Well-Being Presentation at the National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement: At the national conference on August 5-6 in Chicago hosted by Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative with its partners, the Andrus Family Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Aisha van Ter Sluis, Mary Lee, Jennifer Miller, and Sue Badeau engaged in a dialogue with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Youth Fellows about youth perspectives on well-being.
The Youth Fellows gave FCWG members extremely useful feedback on what “well-being” meant to them when they were in care and specific ideas on how the work group’s well-being framework can be applied to support youth still in and transitioning from care. Potential ideas included an “inventory” for young people and their caseworkers to help assess their well-being; video clips of young people talking about what well-being means to them; workshops, trainings, and products that help young people and adults bridge the gap in how they think about well-being for youth in foster care; and trainings for social workers to have the well-being discussion with young people. We will discuss these and other ideas about a youth guided well-being agenda in the coming months.
In the meantime, some memorable quotes from the Youth Fellows:
• Well-being is a journey, not a destination;
• Well-being is when you stop surviving and start living;
• Well-being is when I feel like everyone else and can just be like everyone else;
• In foster care, well-being is sacrificed at the altar of safety;
• Letting people help you is not giving up control – well-being is knowing it’s OK to ask for help;
• Well-being is being able to navigate life spaces – knowing how to act socially and professionally;
• Well-being is about exposure --the opportunity to see what else is really out there.