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CONGRESS TO MEET WITH FOSTER YOUTH ON CAPITOL HILL – JUNE 22

June 15, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY June 14, 2022

REP. KAREN BASS ONE OF MANY CONGRESS MEMBERS TO MEET WITH FOSTER YOUTH ON CAPITOL HILL – JUNE 22

For 10th year, foster youth travel to Capitol Hill for annual leadership training, including a special opportunity to shadow members of Congress.

Washington, DC (June 13, 2022) – Current and former foster youth are set to gather in D.C. on June 22 for The National Foster Youth Institute’s (NFYI) 10th annual Congressional Leadership Academy, an innovative leadership program that includes a day of shadowing their members of Congress. The event provides foster youth a unique opportunity to share their stories and insights with elected officials and shadow members of Congress for a day.

While most events are closed to the press and public, we invite press to join us for the special Shadow Day Luncheon on June 22nd.

WHAT: NFYI’S CONGRESSIONAL FOSTER YOUTH SHADOW DAY LUNCHEON
Current and former foster youth come together with members of Congress, public figures, and celebrities (including singer Keyshia Cole and actor Jason Lee) to share lived experiences in the child welfare system and provide insight into the real-world impact of child welfare policies.

WHEN: Wednesday June 22nd, 2022, ​from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

WHERE: Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

WHO:

  • Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37.), Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus for Foster Youth
  • Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (PA-181), Sponsor of the PA Fairness Act (H.B. 300)
  • Jason Lee, Award-winning television actor & former foster youth
  • Members of Congress
  • Current and former foster youth

Note: Select Members of Congress and former foster youth delegates are available for media interviews. Delegates arrive in Washington on Sunday, June 19th and depart on Friday, June 24th. Contact Jacqueline Burbank at [email protected].org by 6/20/22 to secure access to the event or request an interview.

Event Timeline

  • 12:30pm-2:00pm: Luncheon program with words from NFYI delegates, celebrities, and select congressmembers
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm: B-roll and interviews with NFYI delegates and select congressmembers

 

Background on NFYI’s Congressional Leadership Academy & Shadow Day Experience

NFYI’s Congressional Leadership Academy is a 10-month program that culminates in an action-packed week-long experience in Washington DC. Our Delegates will tag along with their Members of Congress, attending events and special briefings focused on child welfare issues and joining them in the legislative chambers. Their experience finishes with a luncheon featuring special guest speakers, including Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, actor Jason Lee, musical artist Keyshia Cole [tentative] and with Congresswoman Karen Bass, the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth.

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Media Contact:

Jacqueline Burbank | Communications Director, NFYI | +1.323.208.1505 | [email protected]

 

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About NFYI: Launched in 2012, National Foster Youth Institute was created to organize foster youth and families, foster care alumni, and allies across the country to mobilize around transforming the child welfare system. NFYI annually engages over 250 current and former foster youth across the US.

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