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Save the Date: 2023 Older Youth Retreat - August 7-11, 2023


2022 Older Youth Retreat

The Older Youth Retreat is a week-long experience where youth (between the ages of 16-20) from Independent Living (IL) Programs across the state spend the week at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown (UPJ) campus. The retreat allows youth to experience what college life is like living in the dorms and having meals in the Student Union. It also allows them to participate in peer group sessions and structured activities with individuals who share similar experiences in the foster care system. Youth also participate in focus groups to help shape policy and improve services impacting older youth. Youth and staff participants should expect a fun and busy week. The youth retreat is not a vacation or camp. Participants will be encouraged to learn new things, participate in activities, and meet new people.  Please share the retreat videos with youth who might be interested in attending. 

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2021 Older Youth Retreat

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2020 Older Youth Retreat

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