About UpFront

PROGRAM

UpFront is a brave space for LGBTQ+ young people of-color who’ve been affected by foster care and experience disconnection from accepting family. 

This affirming community of support partners with its members to ensure their connections to loved ones, safety in home and community, and readiness to navigate adulthood. 

PROGRAM UPDATE:

Beginning July 2021, UpFront will no longer operate as a program of FCFC. Please complete the form below to make contact with the group and learn more. UpFront is grateful to FCFC and its supporters for the opportunity to learn and grow with the organization these last 3-years. Thank you for all the support!

APPROACH

We believe that every young person’s voice is valuable and deserves to be heard – it should be UpFront. As a peer-led group, sessions are designed and led by peer leaders. Sessions are typically based on one or more of the following five themes:

  1. Connections to unconditional love & support
  2. Feeling safe anywhere
  3. Planning for my future
  4. Financial awareness & security
  5. Having FUN!

INTERESTED IN JOINING?

Are you a young person who might benefit from UpFront? Do you know other LGBTQ+ young people of-color affected by foster care who might? UpFront meets Wednesday afternoons in Brooklyn, NY. 

If you’re a LGBTQ+ young person affected by foster care and would like to learn more and join the group, please complete the following form.

UpFront Zystory

UpFront launched October 2017. Based on their experiences and a need for meaningful services, the original group leaders partnered with Bryan Hill, LMSW to design and implement the UpFront model. After successfully leading 4 group cycles, Rosie and Brie moved on to the next stage of their professional journey. Their influence informed the group’s current approach of all members being group leaders. 

Group Leaders

Rosie Williams

Rosie Williams

Group Leader

Rosie Williams was one of UpFront’s original Group Leaders. Rosie entered foster care at 8 months-old, and spent the next 20 years placed in more than 30 foster care placements, including foster homes, group homes, residential treatment centers and hospitals. Rosie currently works with CASA – NYC as a youth advocate and speaker. She formerly worked with You Gotta Believe’s Nobody Ages-out Youth Movement. Rosie does not want foster youth to suffer the same losses she experienced while she was in foster care.

Brieanna Hayes

Brieanna Hayes

Group Leader

Brie Hayes was one of UpFront’s original Group Leaders.  She was in foster care for six years. Brie believes things happen that we can’t always control, but we can always learn from them and grow stronger. People describe Brie as passionate, funny, thoughtful, artistic and caring. She plans to attend college to study grant writing and business management. She is working as a chef in training now. She formerly worked with You Gotta Believe’s Nobody Ages-out Movement. Her message to adults is”you don’t always have to understand, but you should always be there to support young people the best you can.”