Years in care: 7
Louie spent seven years in the California child welfare system. While in foster care, he was in over ten different foster homes, group homes, and spent time in the juvenile justice system. Throughout his foster care experience, advocacy has always been important. When he was thirteen years old, he joined California Youth Connection (CYC) and served in a variety of capacities including chapter president, conference facilitator, legislative representative, and the chairman of policy. After aging out of care, he relocated to Washington to start a new life. He currently attends The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and is a sophomore studying business management and social entrepreneurship. He also works at the college radio station as the development manager and non-profit coordinator where he engages the community through public service announcements, underwriting relations, and organizational strategic planning. Louie has worked on foster care reform and policy advocacy on a statewide, national, and international level. He currently serves as a youth board member for CYC, a leadership team member for The Mockingbird Society, as a young leader with Fosterclub, and as a member of the National Foster Youth Institute. In addition, he works as a member of the International Foster Care Alliance, where he works with other nations, such as Japan, to raise awareness of foster care and reform international legislation for child welfare.