Twelve current and former foster youth are participating in CCAI’s Foster Youth Internship program, spending their summer interning for Members of Congress on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, July 28 at a Congressional Briefing, they will use their legislative knowledge combined with their personal experience to educate federal policymakers on opportunities for reform in the U.S. foster care system. Each intern has researched and will present creative policy solutions on a range of topics. For the six days leading up to the briefing, we will provide a preview of two of the interns’ report topics.
Keri Richmond, Age 21
Internship assignment: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
Report focus: Foster youth participation in extracurricular activities
Why it’s important to Keri: “I wouldn’t be the first in my family to go to college or intern on Capitol Hill if it weren’t for the many mentors I met through extracurricular activities who believed in me, encouraged me, and helped me grow to be the confident woman I am today.”
Kenya Adeola, Age 23
Internship assignment: Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Report focus: Higher-education opportunities for youth in foster care
Why it’s important to Kenya: “Even though there is a lack of funding and opportunity for youth in foster care to access out-of-state universities, I did it and it was the best decision of my life. Without my education, my life would be very different.”
Be sure to attend the Congressional Briefing on Tuesday, July 28 to learn about Keri’s and Kenya’s policy recommendations on increasing participation in extracurricular activities and higher-education opportunities for youth in foster care. If you are unable to make it, you can download a copy of the report at www.ccainsitute.org once it is released on the 28th!