Justin has gone from the foster care system in South Carolina all the way to Yale University, where he is currently a junior majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minoring in Global Health Studies. Justin’s passion to advocate for children who do not have a voice is what made him a great candidate for CCAI’s 2017 Foster Youth Internship (FYI) 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, Justin 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. He 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, Justin 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.