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Who We Are?

Florida Youth Striving High for Independence and Empowerment (SHINE)  is a youth run, peer driven organization that empowers current and former youth in foster care to become leaders and advocates within their communities.  We are proudly supported by Florida's Children First. Our goal is to share our stories and experiences in order to improve the system of care for our brothers and sisters currently in care and for those who have yet to enter care.



During this difficult time Florida Youth SHINE remains committed to using our voice to advocate for the needs of youth in the child welfare system. With these times, comes additional needs for our vulnerable population. We are ensuring that our voices are being heard while supporting our peers with connection, resources, and support. We know things can get confusing during this time, so Florida Youth SHINE has worked with Florida's Children First to create easy to understand youth friendly information. Check out our COVID-19 Tips and Resources Portal by clicking below. 

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