AOI Community Starting in 2022

In 2022, AOI will launch the AOI Community so that organizations and individuals that support youth aging out of care can come together from around the USA to post ideas, brainstorm solutions, share documents and resources, and build relationships. This community is an expansion of our AOI Toolbox initiative from last year. We decided that an online community would offer an avenue for sharing documents, but will also provide other ways to connect with one another and help each other continually improve how we serve our youth.

Communities of Interest
There will be specific Communities of Interest available to all participants, including (but not limited to) Education, Employment, Housing, Measuring Success, Starting a Nonprofit to Serve Youth Aging Out, etc. Participants can join whichever Communities of Interest they find interesting. Discussions in these communities should be focused on the identified interest.

AOI Donations for Participating in the Community
To help build energy and interest in this community, AOI is going to offer incentives – donations to organizations for participation in the community. For example, individuals who are most active on the community (posts, replies, likes, etc.) will earn a donation for their organizations. These donations will be distributed monthly after the AOI Community is launched.

Monthly Challenges
After launching the AOI Community, AOI will pose monthly challenges for the entire community based on common problems that most – if not all – organizations face. The solution that gets the most “likes” and/or the most replies/comments will earn an incentive donation for the organization that posted it.

Resource Sharing
The AOI Community will have different ways for organizations to share documents, links to resources, etc. The organizations that shares the most resources each month will earn a donation from AOI.

Community Learning Summaries
AOI will summarize the community discussions, drawing the key learnings and capturing them in summaries that will be available to all participants. This will enable participants to find key learnings more easily than having to scroll down through dozens of conversations to find them.

Annual Access Contribution
Organizations or individuals will pay an annual contribution in order to access the AOI Community. The amounts are still being determined and will be posted when the community is launched.

BELOW IS THE TIMELINE FOR LAUNCHING THE AOI COMMUNITY:

We are all working toward the same goal – to help young people in foster care transition to adulthood successfully, so let’s help each other be more effective and efficient.

We are currently developing the new AOI Community, an online platform for organizations and individuals who support youth aging out of foster care. This community will enable us to break down geographic barriers so we can build and share best practices – ultimately to improve outcomes for these young people.