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14 October 2020

September 2020 Newsletter

September has been a busy month for us.

We’re putting the final touches on our virtual, interactive event on October 3rd. We’d love to see you there! We’ve been supporting current and former foster youth in building community and expanding their local chapters with online events like community dinners, meditation sessions, and open mic nights. And we’ve hosted virtual Town Halls with Members of Congress, foster youth, and advocates to help inform the pandemic response.

We know that strategic investments and long-term support can be transformative for current and former foster youth. It’s more than just a foot in the door or a one-off experience. It’s about the support, connection, and mentorship along the way that builds transformational leaders and strong networks and movements. Below are some ways to support that work and stay connected.

Hope you’ll join us!


Congressional Staff Town Hall
In a few hours, we’re meeting with Congressional Staffers who have dedicated their lives to transforming the child welfare system because of their own experiences with it. Join us for a virtual Town Hall to learn about their journeys to public service and how to make change.

Bridging the Digital Divide, Thursday, Sept 24th
WiFi and a computer or phone to access it with is even more important during the pandemic. We’re teaming up with IFoster to talk about making sure everyone has the technology they need to succeed — including current and former foster youth.

Let’s Bridge the #DigitalDivide!


Take Action: Supporting Foster Youth Through Pandemic Act
You can help provide crucial resources for foster youth and families during the pandemic! The groundbreaking, bi-partisan legislation introduced by Representatives Danny Davis and Jackie Walorski (inspired by our town halls!) needs your support. The bill would provide $400 million more in Chafee funding to help youth with education, employment, financial management, housing, and more, and expand Chafee eligibility through age 26.

Will you sign on to say you support this bill?


Connecting Heart to Voice
In the midst of a global crisis and uncertainty in the world, members of NFYI took part in a 7 week HeartMath “Connecting Heart to Voice” mind-body resilience training facilitated by Ivory Tifa, occupational therapist and HeartMath certified trainer. Our goal was to use heart-focused techniques in order to uplift foster youth voices and empower them to advocate for themselves and other foster youth. What a powerful experience!


Show Your #FosterYouthPower
Show your NFYI pride with this FOSTER.POWER.NOW. shirt. Share your look and tag your photo #FosterYouthVoices on social media to make our work more visible.

Buy yours today.

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