Mentoring Matters: Expanding Social Capital for Foster Youth
Wednesday June 20, 2018 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Capitol Visitor Center
*Please register as lunch will be served*
Whitney Baker, Director of Operations, MENTOR Nebraska
Brittany Barros, The National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council
Kaysie Getty, Policy Specialist, FosterClub
Christen Glickman, Federal Policy Manager, Youth Villages
Krislyn Mossman, Executive Director, Best Kids, Inc.
Shalita O'Neale, Founder & CEO, Fostering Change Network
Moderated by: Sadiq Ali, MENTOR Maryland
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and FosterClub in conjunction with the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus invite you to attend Mentoring Matters: Expanding Social Capital for Foster Youth. There are over 400,000 young people in foster care in the United States and every year more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care. Many young people in foster care face trauma, chronic disruptions in education, housing and relationships that are often linked to academic under performance and dropping out, increased substance abuse and homelessness.
Relationships are critical in providing support for young people whether it be through family, school, afterschool or a mentoring program. Long-term networks of adults, peers and resources have the ability to provide consistent and positive support for young people in foster care. In some states, child welfare systems, mentoring programs, school administrators, policymakers and advocates are collaborating to expand social capital by emphasizing the importance of relationships. This panel will explore the impact mentoring relationships can have on expanding social capital, highlight examples from organizations that are leading in this effort and provide policymakers with the tools they need to support them.
This event has been designed to comply with Congressional Gift Rules.
Please contact Adriane Alicea at AAlicea@mentoring.org or 202-688-4738 with questions.