ALL-STAR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The FosterClub All-Star Internship Program provides leadership and service opportunities to young people ages 18-24 who have spent their formative years in foster care. For these young adults, who have beaten the odds and thrived in spite of difficult circumstances, the All-Star internship is an opportunity to communicate their unique perspectives and share their resilient spirits with their younger peers still struggling through foster care. In addition to participating in dozens of youth events across the country over the summer, the FosterClub All-Star Interns advocate for system improvement and promote public awareness nationally throughout the year.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG LEADERS
FosterClub works and learns from countless young people from the foster care system who are true inspirations. These young leaders have persevered through challenging circumstances and are now finding different ways to give back to their community and disprove negative stereotypes about young people in foster care. Every year 100 Outstanding Young Leaders, advocates for foster care reform and for their brothers and sisters in care, are recognized for their leadership to honor their successes and achievements.
NATIONAL FOSTER YOUTH AND ALUMNI POLICY COUNCIL
The National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Council convenes to provide federal stakeholders with relevant and timely information as policies and procedures are created that will affect children and families throughout the country. The Council represents a collective viewpoint of youth and alumni who have experienced the child welfare system first-hand. The Council is a partnership between Foster Care Alumni of America and FosterClub, with generous support from Casey Family Programs, Advisory organization include the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Foster Care to Success, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, National Foster Youth Action Network, Young Adult Training and T/A Network (a project of the Natl Resource Center for Youth Development), and Youth Communications.
CONGRESSIONAL FOSTER YOUTH SHADOW EXPERIENCE
The Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Experience is an opportunity for young people with personal experience in the foster care system to spend time with their Congressional representative, as well as White House officials, in Washington, D.C. Participating in the Shadow Experience allows youth and policymakers to meet and learn from one another. Young people in and from foster care will be able to speak to and learn about Congress and the White House while gaining a “hands-on” understanding about how the U.S. government operates on a daily basis. Members of Congress are able to listen to the stories of young people and gain a well-rounded understanding of the experiences of youth in foster care, which will help them as they pursue policies that impact all foster youth.
Additionally, youth are invited to participate in many activities with policymakers including committee hearings, press events, and meetings. Congressional Shadow Day offers young people and Congressional Members the opportunity to work together to improve the foster care system for the benefit of those that are or may have been system involved. Before the Shadow Day, all participants will attend a mandatory two-day Young Leaders Training Academy to prepare for their meetings with policymakers. This training includes an overview of federal foster care policy, practice in strategic sharing, and team building.