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Florida Youth SHINE empowers youth to share their voice. One of the ways FYS does this is through educating the community, stakeholders, professionals, and others on the key issues and topics that youth in care face. Through their presentations they share their stories and recommendations to better serve youth in care.


Florida Youth SHINE members not only do local presentations but they travel around the state to speak at trainings to educate the state and improve the system.

If you would like to request a training or presentation please contact FYS Coordinator Geori Berman at

Past FYS presentations include:

  • We Are Family—Even if I don’t have all my Brothers and Sisters With Me

  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly—How Group Home Living Impacts Child Safety, Well-Being and Normalcy

  • How to Recruit and Train the Next Generation of Foster Parents

  • What Youth Hope You Will Do to Find Out What is Really Happening in Placements

  • Call for Help—Not 911

  • It’s Our Case.  Why Shouldn’t We Be There?

  • Understanding the youth’s point of view for having children participate in their dependency court proceedings​


Community Advocacy

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