Putting Current and Former Foster Youth Face-to-Face with Their Representatives
Advocating on behalf of foster youth seemed only natural to me.
Congressional Shadow Day Delegate
Apply for Shadow Day:
This program is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 who has experience in foster care and is eager to take on an active role in transforming the child welfare system. To be notified when we’re accepting applications for the next Shadow Day program, please sign up for our emails.
Host a Foster Youth:
Members of Congress find hosting a young adult during Shadow Day to be an eye-opening, rewarding experience. In addition to spending time meeting with their Congressmember, many delegates join meetings and briefings, get tours of the House floor or offices, and meet with legislative aides. The shadow experience ends with a lunch in the Rayburn Building, where members and staff join all of the delegates and special surprise guests for a celebratory end to the program. If your office would like to host a delegate at the next Shadow Day, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor a Delegate:
It’s important to NFYI that cost not be a barrier to entry for participation in this program. That’s why we cover all expenses for every delegate, no matter where they’re from. Sponsors make it possible to bring 100 delegates from Alaska to Maine together for a powerful, life-changing experience. Email us at email@example.com to sponsor a delegate’s trip.
If you’d like to donate items for use in personal care packages, professional clothing, drinks, snacks, or other items, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outcomes from previous Shadow Day Programs include:
Shadow Day has proven to be a truly enriching experience.
Shadow Day participants are outstanding examples of inner strength, and it is our strong belief that everyone’s worldview would be improved by spending time with foster youth. These individuals exemplify the American values of perseverance and resilience. For members of Congress, having these courageous foster youth joining us as our ‘shadows’ gives us a better perspective and serves as a reminder of the many issues they face.