Starting at Project Everlast's inception in 2007, keeping youth voice front and center was the primary goal. Youth representatives with experience in foster care played a key role in the initial planning process in Omaha, and have continued to shape the direction of Project Everlast.
- Council members are asked for input on bills, new programs and policy changes that effect youth in care a big example of that is the work that was done on the Bridges to Independence program, the Know Your Rights brochure and the Youth Court Questionnaire
- Legislative Day is an annual event where young people present their support of bills that may be heard during the legislative session that would impact youth and young adults to the Governor of Nebraska.
- Our Small Committee consists of elected members to specific positions of leadership and lead the council. The positions of leadership are Secretary, Welcoming Person, Treasurer, Task Manager and Facilitator. Elections are held in June and December of the year and members hold six month terms.
- Project Everlast's statewide councils - Across the state, these dedicated youth groups connect with one another and the larger community through service projects, training and education, and opportunities to have input in the state's management of the foster care system.
- Governor's Youth Advisory Council - This select group of young people have the opportunity to provide input directly to Nebraska's governor about issues affecting them.
- Speakers Bureau - A collection of expertly trained young people who are empowered to share their stories for policy makers, community groups and private philanthropy.
Other youth voice resources