Pact’s Clubs for 10-18 year-old adopted and fostered youth of color and their siblings is divided into 4 groups called Tween Club, In-Be-Tween Club, Teen-ish Club and Teen Club. The Clubs focus on both social interactions among the youth and a designed curriculum tailored to adopted and fostered youth of African American, African, Latino, Asian and Native American descent to explore their feelings and experiences related to adoption, family, identity and race. Monthly meetings are held during the school year and include mentoring sessions, facilitated discussions about race, being adopted and identity, a few fieldtrips and offsite activities as well as social activities and projects where youth are given the opportunity to mentor younger members of the Pact community. Our staff is comprised of adopted adults, foster alum and other adults of color who as trained allies are all excited to offer support and guidance to the youth.

We offer tween and teen clubs in both northern and southern California.


Pact's Leadership and Club Coordinators

Northern California (Bay Area)

Ben Powning, Pact’s Youth Programming Coordinator will plan each session including both outings and in-house gatherings for all of the groups. Because of his own struggles during his tween and teen years to find and create a healthy racial and adoption identity, Ben is committed to providing a welcoming and nurturing space for the youth.

Pact Clubs are especially for adopted and fostered teens of color — although all adopted and or foster youth are invited to participate.

  • Tween Club (ages 10–11) Generally meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 1–4 pm
  • In-Be-Tween Club (ages 11–12) Generally meets the 3rd Saturday of the month, 5–8 pm
  • Teen-ish Club (ages 13–14) Generally meets the 3rd Saturday of the month, 1–4 pm
  • Teen Club (ages 15–18) Generally meets the 3rd Saturday of the month, 5–9 pm

Southern California (Kaleidoscope)

Sean Sparks serves as a Pact Board member as well as the clinical advisor for the Kaleidoscope Tween and Teen Club program. As a transracially adopted adult he understands the struggles and joys of being an adopted person of color and works to create a better world for those growing up behind him.

Pact Clubs are especially for adopted and fostered teens of color — although all adopted and or foster youth are invited to participate.

  • Tween Club (ages 10–12) Generally meets monthly
  • Teen Club (ages 13–18) Generally meets monthly

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