We believe in a world where SUCCESS
is not LIMITED BY LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES
"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."
Here's the Reality
Over 26,000 foster youth age out
of the system when they turn 18
They are handed a trash bag, a list of homeless shelters or little resources, and sent into the world.
Why It's a Problem
By the age of 18, the average foster youth has
moved through 8 different foster homes
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
Security and optimism are replaced with loss and hopelessness when youth age out and have nowhere to turn for help
Foster Nation supports and empowers foster youth
aging out of the system to become the nation’s
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
We host events that build a relatable, supportive and collaborative community for foster youth to feel heard, valued, and supported
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 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
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
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