Ricco and Taqueela getting ready to speak at the Heart Gallery Opening.
Jason speaking at the Heart Gallery Opening
What is ALT?
Adoption Leaders of Today (ALT) is the MARE Youth Advisory Board that is working to advocate for and educate youth in foster care who are waiting for adoption.
Who are the members?
We are made up of youth who are currently waiting for adoption, have been adopted, or aged out of care waiting for adoption. A number of our members are also members of the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) groups in their home counties. We are between the ages of 12 and 22, with the majority of members around age 18.
Where do you meet?
We meet all over the state! We represent every county in Michigan, so we want to encourage youth from all over the state to participate in our activities. Meeting places in the past have been DHHS county buildings, churches, and private agency conference rooms.
How can I join?
You can contact Jen and she will send you an application to fill out. Or, you can fill out the application online and email it, or print it yourself and send it to Jen - the applications are at the bottom of this page.
I live in a residential/group home. Can I still be a member?
Of course! A number of our members are in group homes and staff drive them to meetings.We also like to carpool, so if you live near another member we can exchange phone numbers and see if other members can provide transportation.
What do I get for being a member and going to meetings?
First of all, you become a member of a great group of youth living in similar situations to yourself. Sometimes it's hard to be the only kid you know living in foster care, so this is a way to meet other kids like you.
For every meeting you attend, you receive a gift card to different stores. The more meetings you attend, the more money on your gift card. If you drive yourself to a meeting, we will pay for your gas with mileage reimbursements. On top of all that, we always have lunch, snacks, and drinks!
Visit the updates page to check on announcements and projects the gang is up to!