A 2014 California Youth Ambassador and 2009 Outstanding Young Leader, Akin now joins FosterClub as the Policy Specialist. Located in Washington, D.C., Akin's main job responsibilities are to co-manage National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council (link is external) (NFYAPC), co-manage Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program and to manage state and federal policy visits/programs aimed to engage young leaders in national child welfare policy. An advocate since the age of 16 and foster care alumnus, Akin brings lived experience and in-depth knowledge of the system to the position.
- Named White House Champion of Change: Foster Care Youth (link is external) in 2015
Get to know Akin better...
FC: What do you do when you are not working?
AA: Spend time with my wife and son. Traveling as much as possible. Also, I am a doctoral student.
FC: Experience with Foster Care?
AA: Spent 17 years in foster care in Los Angeles, CA.
FC: Tell us two truths, one lie about you. (Don't tell us which one is the lie!
AA: 1) I have three college degrees. 2) I have directed a music video for a Grammy winning artist. 3) I have 11 siblings.
FC: Favorite thing about coming to work each day?
AA: New challenges excite me!