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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 21 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.

The Wish Story

Mar 3, 2017

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

Mar 6, 2017

One Simple Wish posts the wish to the website.

Apr 17, 2017

Karen grants the wish for Justin! Thanks Karen.

Justin, I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments. Yours will be a real voice for others in DC this summer. I hope your policy paper will change minds and in turn change the world of kids at risk. Thank you for all your hard work!

Apr 18, 2017

Martina sent an update on the wish for Justin.

Karen, 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 Justin’s life as he pursues his dream to improve child welfare policies and for that we cannot thank you enough. Many blessings to you, Martina Arnold, Director of Development CCAI

Apr 18, 2017

Karen sent an update on the wish for Justin.

Justin is going to have an amazing experience in DC. My heart aches for kids who age out of the "system" and don't have a family to lean on. Justin is going to do amazing things! : ) Karen

Apr 18, 2017

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

May 16, 2017

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

Oct 16, 2017

Justin receives the gift from her case worker!

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