georgia youth opportunities initiative

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We are a collaborative effort between public, private, and non-profit organizations, working to improve outcomes for youth transitioning out of foster care.

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Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative
100 Edgewood Ave., Suite 810

Atlanta, GA 30303


Phone: (404) 880-9323
Fax: (404) 880-9325

Email: info@maac4kids.org

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The team at GYOI has worked together to develop a list of the frequently-asked questions that we receive. If your question hasn’t been answered on the website, please do send us an email at info@maac4kids.org or call Victoria Salzman at 404.880.9323.  

What is GYOI?

GYOI is the Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative, a site of the national, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative which focuses on improving outcomes for youth transitioning from foster care specifically in the outcome areas of permanence, education, employment, housing, physical and mental health, social capital and financial capability. GYOI works with both public and private partners and with youth and adults. At the center of the Initiative is youth voice and ensuring they are represented and their voice heard. For more information on GYOI, please contact us at vsalzman@maac4kids.org.

What is the Community Partnership Group (CPG)?

The Community Partnership Group is group of public and private partners working to improve the outcomes for youth in care. Currently there is a statewide CPG but plans are underway for regional expansion that would CPG members to focus on the unique needs of their community.

How can I get involved?

You can join Community Partnership Group or in your region. For more information, please contact Victoria Salzman at vsalzman@maac4kids.org.

How can I help?

In addition to financial contributions, we are always in need of in-kind items and door openers for our young people. Can you connect a youth with opportunities in your community? Do you want to make a financial or in-kind contribution? Please visit the Support Youth in Care page to get more information.

What is an IDA and how can I get one?

IDA stands for Individual Development Accounts and is a matched savings account from the DFCS ILP program. Participants are eligible for a one time match of up to $1,000, must be ILP eligible and participate in financial education classes.

What is EmpowerMEnt and how do I get involved?

EmpowerMEnt is the youth engagement strategy of the Initiative. It was started in 2002 as part of MAYOI and is made up of youth and alumni of care. EmpowerMEnt’s focus is to train and empower youth to improve policy for youth in care. You can find out more information on being a part of EmpowerMEnt as an adult supporter or getting a youth involved by visiting their page.

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