2015 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Experience

The National Foster Youth Institute (NFYI) proudly presents the 

2015 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Experience
Washington, DC – May 18-21, 2015

2014 Shadow Experience Participants outside the White House
2014 Shadow Experience Participants outside the White House

NFYI is seeking youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who have experience in foster care and a passion for improving the foster care system to participate in the 2015 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Experience!

Youth who participate in this program will meet with their Congressional representatives and other policymakers to gain “hands-on” understanding about how the federal government operates, and share their stories to influence decisions made on Capitol Hill. Click here for more information.


Individuals who are eligible to participate meet the following criteria:

• Will be 18-24 years old on May 20th, 2015
• Spent time in an out-of-home placement (foster care, group home, kinship home, etc.)
• Have a willingness to play a leadership role for youth and alumni of foster care

Selection Process

The Shadow Experience Interest Form Deadline is March 27, 2015. Forms received by that deadline will be the first considered for placements in the Shadow Experience Program.

Selections are made primarily based on each participant’s congressional member interest and availability. Some participants will be matched to congressional members that represent districts where the participant has spent time in foster care.

The Shadow Experience team will begin making selections April 1st and will continue to make selections throughout the month of April. You will be contacted, whether or not you are selected, prior to May 1st. Some selections could be made after May 1st, depending on congressional member availability.

Please Note: Completing the interest form does not guarantee selection to attend the Young Leaders Training Academy/Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.

If selected to participate, you will attend a mandatory two-day Young Leaders Training Academy (May 18 & 19) to prepare for their meetings with policymakers. This training will include an overview of federal foster care policy, practice in strategic sharing, and team building.



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