21 May 2017 Congressional Shadow Program for Former Foster Youth

For the past 5 years, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth has hosted a Shadow Day where foster youth and alumni ages 18-24 are invited to Washington, D.C. to be paired with their Members of Congress for a day on Capitol Hill. The youth spend almost a week in Washington, D.C. each May gaining a better understanding of the role of Congress and learning how they can make their voices heard on issues they care about. The half-day spent shadowing their Member of Congress allows foster youth the opportunity to connect face-to-face with their own representatives and get a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process. The youth get to share their personal stories and experiences in the child welfare system with Congressional Members and remind them of the real-world impact of their work on child welfare system reform. NFYI and its partner organizations work to support the Shadow Day program and augment the experiences these youth have on the Hill with leadership trainings, and meetings with other key leaders and officials in the federal government.

The half-day spent shadowing their Member of Congress allows foster youth the opportunity to connect face-to-face with their representatives in Congress and get a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process. The youth get to share their personal stories and experiences in the child welfare system with Congressional Members and remind them of the real-world impact of their work on child welfare system reform legislation. NFYI and its partner organizations work to support the Shadow Day program and complement the experiences these youth have on the Hill with leadership training and meetings with other key leaders and officials in the federal government.
Dates: May 21st – May 25th 2017
Location: Washington, D.C.
Cost: This is an all-expenses paid trip (a.k.a. FREE!)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 18-30 years old on or before May 21st, 2017
  • Must have direct experience in an out-of-home placement (foster care, group home, kinship home, etc.)
  • Must have a willingness to learn, as well as play a leadership role for youth and alumni of foster care
  • Must be available on Sunday, May 21st through Thursday, May 25th
  • Must be open to shadowing a Member of Congress whose political party and/or views may vary from your own
  • Must be willing to remain engaged in ongoing advocacy for foster youth after the Shadow Program.

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 5th

Selection Notification: All applicants will be notified, whether or not you are selected, by April 3rd.

For more information; go to the National Foster Youth Institute website at https://www.nfyi.org/what-we-do/shadow-day-program/

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