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

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

Justin is 20 years old and lives in Columbia, SC

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.

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