You Are Not Alone - YANA

a group for youth adoptees

Youth Adoptee Support Group LogoAdopted youth, teens and young adults have unique struggles.

The Youth Adoptee Support Group – YANA provides a safe place for developing friendships, leadership, learning together and meeting like experienced humans and focusing on connection!

We are extremely excited to announce the launch of A New Beginning’s new and improved Youth Adoptee Support Group – YANA.   YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a support group for adoptees that focuses on connection.  The connection is with other youth adoptees who relate to the unique adoption experiences.  The Youth Adoptee Support Group is a safe place to connect, have fun and most of all, realize YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Living in a world that is filled with negativity it is important to have a community of people who uplift and fill you. We are planning on meeting twice a month over Zoom due to COVID 19. We have activities planned for each night. We can’t wait to meet and connect with your kids!

YANA is led by our peer mentors Richard Lucarelli, Elijah Smith, Jenna Pearl and Maddi Ames. Richard and Maddi are Foster Adoptees and Jenna is an International Adoptee from China. Richard, Maddi and Eli are peer mentors who work closely with other children who have been adopted.  Their roles as peer mentors are to connect with the adopted kids and help them navigate emotional ups and downs and their transitions into their adoptive families. Jenna works as a peer mentor and A New Beginning’s cultural ambassador for the agency.   Jenna’s primary role is to connect transracial and transcultural kids to people and appropriate organizations within their community to help honor their heritage.  Jenna also  helps families navigate and identify resources to for their transracial or transcultural child.

As a group, the peer mentors all have different adoption stories and experiences and want to help other adopted kids as they grow and discover their own stories.  YANA plans on addressing many different topics such as dating 101, cultural confidence, body image classes, understanding your own story,  and so much more!

Join us for our next Zoom Meet and Greet

Time: Aug 28, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Time: Sept. 11, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Time: Sept. 25, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Time: Oct. 9, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Time: Oct. 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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