Justin McElwee headshot

Justin entered foster care at age 13. He stayed in several different types of placements including residential treatment facilities, kinship care, shelter, detention center, and group home. Justin eventually finished high school, after transferring high schools 8 times, and continued on with his education at Saginaw Valley State University before transferring to Michigan State University to study international relations and economics. He plans on working with organizations such as UNICEF and Amnesty International. Justin credits his mentors and other resources for his success. He pays it forward by advocating for changes to child welfare policy at the state level for his current and future peers. In his limited free time he enjoys running, everything political, reading… and a foster youth.