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

Posted Mar, 6, 2017
Eden 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, Eden 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, Eden will spend time researching policy issues affecting foster children across the country. Eden 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, Eden will need the essential housing supplies.
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Learn More About Eden

Eden is 26 years old and lives in Washington, DC

Eden was in the foster care system in Washington, D.C. and is currently a student at North Carolina Wesleyan College; she is a senior studying in Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship. Her optimism and bravery in overcoming all the obstacles in her path has helped her become the strong character that the Foster Youth Internship (FYI) Program® needs. 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, Eden 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, Eden 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 Eden.

Mar, 6, 2017

One Simple Wish posts the wish to the website.

Apr, 11, 2017

Carol grants the wish for Eden! Thanks Carol.

Eden,

Eden, keep reaching for the stars. You can make a difference. Keep pursuing your dreams and be a voice to help others pursue theirs. Enjoy the internship program!

- Carol
Apr, 12, 2017

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

Apr, 18, 2017

Martina sent an update on the wish for Eden.

Carol,

Carol I hope this message finds you in the best of spirits. I wanted to reach out to you today and let you know that on behalf of our small team here at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCAI), we are sending our sincerest appreciation for your support of Eden in our Foster Youth Internship Program®. We are excited for her arrival on May 30th, as we have an eventful and inspiring summer planned. I will ensure that she receives your wonderful note of encouragement as these touches help the former foster youth throughout the program, knowing that they have cheerleaders rooting for their success. You are a true champion and we are truly grateful. Martina Arnold, Director of Development CCAI - Martina

- Martina

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