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Housing supplies for Tonisha to attend the Foster Youth Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

Posted Mar 6, 2017
Tonisha was accepted into the 2017 Foster Youth Internship Program® in Washington, D.C. This is a highly esteemed, life-changing youth empowerment program for young adults who have spent their formative years in foster care, offering them the opportunity to intern in a Congressional office for a summer. As part of the program, Tonisha will attend retreats, seminars, advocacy trainings and networking events with experts in the child welfare field, in addition interning in a Congressional office. Throughout the summer, Tonisha will spend time researching policy issues affecting foster children across the country. Tonisha will write a policy report that is published and presented at both a Congressional briefing and a briefing to the White House Domestic Policy Council, as well as disseminated across the country to child welfare advocates. As a result of the program, federal policymakers are shown firsthand the real-life experiences of youth growing up in foster care, and they take action to improve legislation of the U. S. foster care system. CCAI provides full service, wrap-around care throughout the internship. However, Tonisha will need the essential housing supplies.
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Learn More About Alex

Alex is 25 years old and lives in Tulsa, OK

Alexandria was in the foster care system in the state of Kansas and is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, where she is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Development and Family Science. She is determined to make a difference and her skillset will be a great asset to her colleagues and mentors in the Foster Youth (FYI) Internship Program®. The FYI Program is a highly esteemed ten-week congressional internship for young adults who spent their formative years in the foster care system. As part of the program, Alexandria will participate in networking events with leaders in the business community and child welfare advocates who represent a wide variety of policy and non-policy related disciplines. She will also meet with legislators to discuss important issues that youth in foster care face and their shared vision for bringing about change in this area. At the conclusion of the program, Alexandria will author a policy report of recommendations on improving the federal foster care system. This report will be presented at a Congressional briefing and a briefing to the White House Domestic Policy Council, as well as disseminated across the country.

The Wish Story

Mar 3, 2017

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) - Washington, D.C. requests this wish for Tonisha.

Mar 6, 2017

One Simple Wish posts the wish to the website.

Mar 24, 2017

Jennifer grants the wish for Tonisha! Thanks Jennifer.

Wishing you a great trip and always remember that you can achieve ANYTHING you try!

Mar 28, 2017

One Simple Wish sends the gift to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) - Washington, D.C. for Tonisha.

Apr 17, 2017

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) - Washington, D.C. receives the wish!

Apr 17, 2017

Martina sent an update on the wish for Tonisha.

Jennifer, Thank you again for supporting another one of our former foster youth. Your continuous generosity allows them to use their voice to advocate for change and as you can imagine…this is priceless. We are grateful for your commitment to making a lasting difference in Tonisha’s life as she pursues her dream to improve child welfare policies and for that we cannot thank you enough. Many blessings to you, Martina Arnold, Director of Development CCAI

Oct 16, 2017

Tonisha receives the gift from her case worker!

In case we haven't said it enough...thank you for supporting One Simple Wish and our amazing kids!

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