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(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Supporting Older Foster Youth, October 20, 10:30am-12:00pm

Foster Success works to support Indiana's 22,000 older foster youth as they transition from foster care to independence through a number of programs and resources, as well as through advocacy work. In this interactive workshop you will learn from Foster Success staff and program participants about what we do in the areas of education, workforce development, financial capacity building, and youth engagement.  We’ll discuss exciting ways you can help engage more youth in our programs.

 Learning objectives:

  • Introduce Foster Success to conference participants
  • Increase knowledge about programs and resources available to older foster youth
  • Create pathways for youth and their adult supporters to engage them in Foster Success's programs

Approved by DCS for Foster Parent hours.

 Presenter Bios:

Maggie Stevens serves as the CEO & President of Foster Success - an Indiana-based non-profit organization supporting teens and young adults who have spent time in the foster care system transitioning into stable, independent adulthood through resources and programs focused on education, employment, financial literacy, housing, and healthcare. In this role, Maggie works with the Foster Success team staff and board to advance this mission through programs, partnerships and policy work.

Monika Mala serves as the COO of Foster Success where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and works with the Foster Success staff and board to advance this mission through programs, partnerships and policy work. Prior to this role, Monika served as the Director of Strategy, Alliance for national non-profit, Complete College America. In this role, she works closely with states to guide change, drive momentum and support completion efforts specifically through advocacy, policy, and coordination of implementation support.

Megan Trible has been with Foster Success since March 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Youth Engagement. Megan earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2003. In 2008, Megan earned her Masters in Social Work from IUPUI and currently holds a License in Clinical Social Work.  Megan was also part of the 2015/2016 IARCA Institute for Excellence Leadership Program at Butler University. Megan recently earned her Level II certificate in the Fostering Success Coaching Model and is trained in Trauma Informed Care, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Motivational Interviewing.

Since starting her career in 2003, Megan has been working alongside youth involved in the Indiana child welfare system and helps them to find their voice. Megan is a strong advocate for older youth transitioning out of foster care and helps youth to realize their full potential, form their own identity, and break free of the stigma of foster care. 



Maggie Stevens, CEO & President Monika Mala, COO Megan Trible, Director of Youth Engagement