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Florida Youth SHINE in Action at the Capitol for Children’s Week

During Children’s Week, over 35 Florida Youth Shine advocates flooded the Capitol steps to speak to dozens of legislators, staff and public officials bringing awareness to the issues affecting the child welfare system and to advocate for children in and transitioning out of the foster care system.

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In Their Own Words…

“Through Florida Youth Shine I have been able to increase my self-esteem and further my goals in life by developing relationships. In FYS, I have been able to create long lasting relationships and establish a family.”
Chelsea Bramblett, 19, Pensacola Chapter Member

“Being a part of this was an amazing experience. I loved the fact that we are able to make a difference. I really admire what we are doing and it means a lot for me to do something that really makes a difference.”
Christian Aguilar, 18, Miami Chapter Member

“FYS helps change the foster care system by bringing awareness to the people who have no idea of what it means to be ‘in the System.'”
Caprice Blizzard, Pensacola Chamber Mentor

“The things I’ve learned and the people I’ve met will forever be apart of who I am and who I’ve become.”
Jose Logrono, 23, Orlando Chapter Member

While at the Capitol, these young advocates:

– Personally met with over 35 legislators

– Testified in favor if “Keys to Independence” before the Appropriations Committee in the House

– Participated in an intensive weekend of training where they shared their stories, processed issues, developed talking points, and learned about topics such as strategic sharing, speaking with the media, effective advocacy, how bills become laws, and about the budget

– Welcomed and heard from Alan Abramowitz (Executive Director of GAL), Don Winstead (Don Winstead Consulting), Julie Montanero (WCTV), Zack Gibson (Florida’s Chief Child Advocate), and Justice Barbara Pariente (Florida Supreme Court)

– Presented before the Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Senate Committee about Extended Foster Care and the new Independent Living Bill

– Spoke on behalf of the “Keys to Independence” bill before the House of Representative’s Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee

– Led a youth advocacy workshop at City Hall with over 100 youth in attendance where they taught youth how to be effective advocates in their community and the world

– Carried on our tradition each year by having dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse where they were joined by Pete Degre (Assistant to the Secretary), Alan Abramowitz, Zack Gibson, and Julie Montanero

– Were recognized by Alan Abramowitz, and Justice Barbara Pariente at the Advocacy Awards Dinner Reception where one FYS member was invited to read a poem while Justice Pariente delivered the Key Note Speech

– Were Featured on WCTV in an interview with Julie Montanero about FYS at Children’s Week


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