Mike Wood explains what Youth in Progress is and how it has helped his life as a New York State youth in care.

About Us

We are youth in care in New York State that promote positive youth development and support adult/youth partnerships and adolescents in achieving successful outcomes.Learn more! ("What is YIP?" PDF)

Our mission is to enhance and advance the lives of today's and tomorrow's foster youth by supporting our sense of self and responsibility. To do this, we pledge to educate everyone involved in the various systems Youth In Progress members represent, to the realities of this experience.

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OCFS Newsletter

OCFS Youth Newsletter

This quarterly newsletter is designed for youth in care and is packed with resources and information to help youth succeed! Learn about programs, opportunities, and accomplishments around the state.

View the latest OCFS Youth newsletter on the OCFS website.


College Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool

Just in time for College Acceptance Month, HESC has launched a College Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool to help college-bound students and families interpret their award letters and get the bottom line cost of each college before making their final decision. Print this poster to help you spread the word about this important tool!


As of January 1, 2014 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows former foster care youth to enroll or remain enrolled in Medicaid until age 26 regardless of income. To watch webinars, get resources, and your questions answered check out the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy website.

View the above video to find out what over 17,000 youth said after the first year of National Youth in Transition Database data collection.


Human trafficking is a form of Modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. For more information, view the Human Trafficking Need to Know Series brochure or the OCFS website.

NYTD Brochure

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For more information visit the National Youth in Transition Database website


Graphic of the Youth In Progress region of NY