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4/8/2015

The Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Experience- Extended deadline. Don't let our youth/young adults miss this opportunity.

The new deadline for Tennessee Youth is April 15th. To register, click on the link below.  We had our Very own East TN youth leader, Tim Dennis attend last year. He had a blast.

https://www.fosterclub.com/groups/2015-congressional-foster-youth-shadow-day

The Shadow Experience is an all-expenses paid opportunity for youth aged 18-24 with personal experience in the foster care system to spend time with their Congressional representative, as well as White House officials, in Washington, D.C.  The dates of associated travel and events are Monday, May 18th through Thursday, May 21st, 2015. 

Participating in the Shadow Experience allows youth and policymakers to meet and learn from one another. Young people in and from foster care will be able to speak to and learn about Congress and the White House while gaining a “hands-on” understanding about how the U.S. government operates on a daily basis. Members of Congress are able to listen to the stories of young people and gain a well-rounded understanding of the experiences of youth in foster care, which will help them as they pursue policies that impact all foster youth.   

Before the Shadow Day on May 20, all participants will attend a mandatory two-day Young Leaders Training Academy (May 18 & 19) to prepare for their meetings with policymakers. This training will include an overview of federal foster care policy, practice in strategic sharing, and team building.


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