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This website is currently under construction. If you have any difficulties finding what you need, please reach out to our Statewide Coordinator, Maria Batista, at Thank you for your understanding.

What is FYS?

Florida Youth 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.


The COVID-19 Pandemic has had an impact on everyone in the world. It has changed the way we operate as individuals and as a team. Florida Youth SHINE remains committed to using our voices to advocate for the needs of our young people struggling in out-of-home care. We understand that it can be confusing to navigate life during these circumstances. Florida Youth SHINE has worked with Florida’s Children First to create easy to understand, youth friendly information. Check out our COVID-19 resources by clicking below

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