Holding Youth-Serving Systems to Account Through Journalism and Youth Voice

The best journalism often tells the stories that no one else sees. Stories that have the power to change minds, […more…]

Fostering Media Connections

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Co-Executive Director: John Kelly


Fostering Media Connections (FMC) uses the power of media and journalism to lead the conversation about children, youth and families in America.

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Being a Youth Voice Contributor made me appreciate journalism and the role it plays in social movements. Before, I didn’t realize the scope of the research and editing that goes into a relatively short article. Whether a reader agrees or disagrees, using your voice matters. Whether you survived foster care, homelessness, juvenile justice, or any other trial life throws at us – your opinion is valid and important and people should listen.
Tessie Ottaway-Chung,
Youth Voice Contributor 2021

Have a Hand in Hard-Nosed Reporting and Fund the Next Generation of Journalists

Fostering Media Connections pulls back the veil on a corner of our world that spends too much time in the shadows. To do so, the L.A.-based nonprofit has successfully expanded its work nationally, hiring reporters dedicated to illustrating the full story of what children, youth, and families caught up in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems face. 

But the nonprofit newsroom doesn’t endeavor to speak for them. Its Youth Voice Program not only teaches but publishes and pays young journalists who know the system first-hand. And Fostering Media Connections, dogged as their reporters are, knows that young people who have lived the system know it best of all. 

Every Youth Voice contributor receives a $2,000 stipend for three months of training and writing. Whether through funding Youth Voice or directly supporting the addition of national reporters to the news team, your donation to Fostering Media Connections will fuel its focus on untold stories.

Key Supporters

Aileen Adams, Board Chair
Weingart Foundation
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
ECMC Foundation
Fund for Investigative Journalism
Lisa Ling, Journalist, CNN
May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Raikes Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Reissa Foundation
Richard Robbins, CEO,
Wareham Development
The Barry and Wendy Meyer
Charitable Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation
The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Henry and Lindsay Ellenbogen
Charitable Fund
The Redlich Horwitz Foundation
The Tow Foundation
Walter S. Johnson Foundation
Zellerbach Family Foundation