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Hi! Welcome to The Voice of Youth in Care —the annual Newsletter created by Halifax youth in care, former youth in care, and youth on income assistance. What makes it different is we talk about being in government care and how it really is—not how it looks from the outside. Some of us have started living on our own, but we're all youth who have lived in foster homes, group homes, with a relative, or in a supervised apartment.

This year, our group of about 12 teenagers, most living in small group homes or in foster care, met one evening a week through the school year. The 30 sessions focused on improving literacy and writing skills, communicating about emotions, working collaboratively on assignments, improving employability skills and media literacy. We invited in guests including poets Shauntay Grant and Verena Rizg and banker Tim Nowlan to join us and share their knowledge and talents.

We'd like to thank the Department of Community Services, Halifax District Office—Child Welfare, our Agency sponsor, and we'd also like to thank our generous funders: Department of Community Services, Department of Education, Halifax Region Children's Aid Foundation, the Halifax Youth Foundation and the United Way of Halifax District. All of you are making it possible for us to have a Voice!

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