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

Posted Mar 6, 2017
Jameelah 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, Jameelah 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, Jameelah will spend time researching policy issues affecting foster children across the country. Jameelah 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, Jameelah will need the essential housing supplies.

Jameelah is 27 years old and lives in Milwaukee, WI

Jameelah was in the foster care system in Wisconsin and is currently an undergraduate sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Global Studies & Arabic at the University of Wisconsin. Her desire to advocate for youth is shown through her actions, as she states: “I just want Foster Youth to have a fighting chance at success.” This type of passion is exactly what the Foster Youth Internship (FYI) Program® strives for. 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, Jameelah 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. She 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, Jameelah 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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