The Collaborative for Youth in Care (CLYC) is made up of eight organizations with expertise in teen pregnancy prevention and child welfare.
CLYC was formed after a report was published by Texans Care for Children in 2019 that highlighted the increased risk of early pregnancy faced by youth in foster care and the need for additional supports for pregnant and parenting youth. More than 1,800 youth are currently in conservatorship and extended foster care in the greater Houston area- more than any other region in the state. This translates to an incredible opportunity for impact. To learn more about this project, contact Senior Project Director Carolina Salmeron at email@example.com.
The goals of our collaborative are to:
- Understand the complex issue of teen pregnancy among Houston youth in care
- Identify best practices to prevent unintended pregnancy and provide support to young parents
- Develop strategies to strengthen existing programs for youth and caregivers with lived experience
- Provide workforce development opportunities for current and former youth in care
- Develop a long-term advocacy strategy to improve related statewide policies and systems.