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Matthew Horning spent 4 years in Arizona's Foster Care System

On top of pursuing his Bachelors degree in psychology, Matthew Horning is involved with an impressive number of advocacy groups. He currently volunteers with several of the foster care and mental health programs around Phoenix. He is one of the three founders of the Southwest Network Youth Advisory Board and currently serves as the board’s Treasurer. He also holds one of two co-president positions at MYLIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment), a youth driven mental health advisory board in Arizona. In addition, Matthew volunteers with Free at RIAZ (Recovery Innovations of Arizona), helping with various events throughout the year. During Christmas, Matthew volunteered at a care partnership center to give out toys to children of lower income families.

He also served as a Boy Scout leader for boys aged 6-15. These accomplishments have provided a foundation for his continued dedication and involvement in youth advocacy. One of Matthew’s adult supporters states, “Matt is always available to volunteer whether it involves a morning of picking up trash to help beautify the community, organizing youth events and activities for the new year or participating in group discussions regarding issues relevant to young adults transitioning to independent living. Matt is empathetic and sensitive to those in need.”

Matt hopes to use this sensitivity to teach Psychology to high school students after obtaining his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. Matt will undoubtedly create a wonderful classroom for his students and teach his students the importance of giving back. Matt will serve as a great example of resiliency and altruism for his students.