Congratulations to Shady Kinney Jedlicka 18 years old, Fort Smith, Arkansas Awarded as a 2009 Outstanding Young Leader View Shady's Profile Read the National Press Release announcing FosterClub's 100 Outstanding Young Leaders Shady is a 2010 FosterClub All-Star. Learn more...

Shady first entered Arkansas Foster Care at the age of 10, and has been in and out of the system for several years. Eventually he was able to find a permanent placement with a family that has helped him in many ways and whom he now considers to be his "forever" family. Shady has even taken their last name. Shady has been involved in many leadership roles, including Friends of Rachel, an organization dedicated to the memory of Rachel Scott, who was a victim in the Columbine tragedy. He is also currently the president of his High School DECA program, an association of marketing students. Through his role in DECA he has helped to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Shady is also very involved with his local foster youth board. Shady has been a part of the Youth Advisroy Board since February 2009, and has been very involved in changing the foster care system at a local level. He is going to Washington DC for the National Foster Care Coalition in May to represent the state of Arkansas. He has also been helping with the Independence Program through WAEDA work force program. A nature explorer and avid puzzle solver, Shady also loves to spend time with his friends and family. He even has talent in the decorating department, as can be seen here. He has a great outlook on life, and plans to spread this attitude to other youth in foster care. "I believe there is a positive in every negative and my passion is for all kids to understand this." Recent Newspaper Articles About Shady State observes foster care month; official says system improving, by Rob Moritz, Arkansas News Bureau, May 27, 2009 For media inquiries, please contact FosterClub at 503-717-1552 2009 Outstanding Young Leaders Page

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Things @ FosterClub are

FC Steve's picture

Things @ FosterClub are great. We're all down in Oregon or the Oregon Teen Conference. Having a blast!

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man oh man its been a long

Shaden's picture

man oh man its been a long while since ive been on!!!! haha How are things out there in the real world?;-)~

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that't amazing that he has

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that't amazing that he has found a forever home!!!! it's always good to have a home that you can call your own.

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Thanks we have some new

Shaden's picture

Thanks we have some new stuff lined up and I know God has a plan for the YAB ;-)~

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Hi Shady its was nice to

DeMarko's picture

Hi Shady its was nice to meet you in DC keep up the good work

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Awesome!!!No Shady...You

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Awesome!!!No Shady...You Rock!!!

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MY PAGE ROCKS!!! you guys

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MY PAGE ROCKS!!! you guys did so good. We got a standing ovation at the presentation. Not bad for my first conference or my first big speech!!! GOD IS GOOD!!! ;-)~

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Good luck at your

JJ's picture

Good luck at your presentation, I know you'll rock the stage!

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Congratulations on your

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Congratulations on your accomplishment. Be proud. You deserve it.

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Thank you both very much!

Shaden's picture

Thank you both very much! Celeste it was such a pleasure and a privalege to get to meet you and Lupe. DC was truly a life changing event! By the way Celeste you are one of the BEST speakers I have ever heard. You inspire me on so many levels. My page looks awsome. I really appriciate your help with my presentation. I look forward to speaking to you again. CELESTE AND LUPE, you both are celeberties in the foster care world!!! I beleive GOD introduced us for a reason! Thanks LADIES, I will keep in contact with both of you! ;-)~

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Hey Shady - it was fantastic

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Hey Shady - it was fantastic getting to meet you in person in DC - thanks for your great work in advocating nationally on behalf of young people in foster care!

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