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We believe in a world where SUCCESS
is not LIMITED BY LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES

Jackie T.

Jackie T.

"FIGHT FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T YET KNOW THEY ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR" 

 

"As a nine year old child, I was regularly deprived of food, beaten and locked in closets. One day, I was handed a garbage bag with a few items of clothes and driven to Delaware’s Youth and Family Services. There, I was left alone on the stairs.

From my first day in foster care, I felt alone, scared and vulnerable. Though I was free from one harsh reality, I had just entered into another. I spent sleepless nights and uncertain years wondering where I would end up next. It was a long, unstable, and very frightening journey for a child. 

So I began to #SpeakUp. I began to write, and I began to give others hope that we could make it because I believe we have to fight for people who don’t yet know they are worth fighting for."

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Here's the Reality

Over 26,000 foster youth age out
of the system when they turn 18
every year

They are handed a trash bag, a list of homeless shelters or little resources, and sent into the world.

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Why It's a Problem

By the age of 18, the average foster youth has
moved through 8 different foster homes

 

Constant Instability

Moving through so many homes and schools creates a feeling of being unwanted or unloved, and makes it difficult to develop the social and life skills cultivated in a loving home

Lack of Community

Their inability to build trust and maintain relationships lead to a network deficiency

Insufficient Resources

Security and optimism are replaced with loss and hopelessness when youth age out and have nowhere to turn for help

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Our Work

Foster Nation supports and empowers foster youth
 aging out of the system to become the nation’s
 future leaders

PREPARE

Our career mentors help foster youth
 become even more amazing than
 they already are by honing their professional skills as they prepare to become self sufficient young adults

SUPPORT

We host events that build a relatable, supportive and collaborative community for foster youth to feel heard, valued, and supported

Empower

We raise awareness through
 campaigns that bring the foster care experience to light, and empower foster youth to become self advocates

Who We Are

The Collective!

 

The Young Leaders Collective is a diverse group of entrepreneurs, professionals, movers & shakers, and some former foster youth that believe everyone deserves equal access to success. Our Collective Chairs lead an all-volunteer team in their individual cities that draws strength from everyone's passion and commitment to the mission.

 

LOS ANGELES COLLECTIVE

 
Anthony Johnston / Chair  Tauro Capital Advisors

Anthony Johnston / Chair

Tauro Capital Advisors

Maggie Lin / Vice Chair  Foster Nation

Maggie Lin / Vice Chair

Foster Nation

 
 
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Aimee Sloan / Capital Group, Alanna Klein / Oura Ring, Anthony Johnston / Tauro Capital Advisors,  Brian Dunn / Tauro Capital Advisors, Bridget Paulson / Open Road Entertainment, Cheyenne Cobb / Greysteel, Christian Cononico / Foster Nation, Everett Wong / Greysteel, Lailee Mavadat / Big Bag Theory, Lauren Nichols / Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, Maryam Gueramian / Private Cartel, Matt Lucian / Pritzker Group, Matthew Quan / InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Preston Pope / Nestigator, Rosario Villavelazquez / Foster Care Counts, Samantha Smith / Core Trust Capital, Shari Walker / USC MSW Candidate, Tee Cleveland / Hooper, Lundy & Bookman P.C.

 

NEW YORK COLLECTIVE

 
Salim Najjar / Chair  Sound Sparkling Tea

Salim Najjar / Chair

Sound Sparkling Tea

Mo Kanu / Vice Chair  McCourt Global

Mo Kanu / Vice Chair

McCourt Global

 
 
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Allie Holcombe / SystemFit, Amaris Galea-Orbe / Sayo Projects, Ashley Cocciardi / GoldenTree Asset Management, Dijana Ilieva / Olé Creative, George Zakharia / SOUND Brands, Jason Rembert / Jason Rembert Studios, Joshua Holland / SystemFit, Mark Dalton / PCL Construction, Mitri Najjar / BioDigital, Mohamed Kanu / Natixis Corporate and Investment Banking, Nicole Virgo-Carter / Pinterest, Raymond Dorcely Jr. / BBDO New York, Rishi Khubani / Live Rishi, Salim Najjar / SOUND Brands, Sarah Nehmeh / Bank ABC

 

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