On October 21st, Maria Garin Jones, Program Manager for Aim Higher at FC2S met with a delegation of teachers from multiple Caribbean nations, including Jamaica, Grenada, and the Bahamas. The group traveled to the U.S. as part of the Youth Ambassadors Program sponsored by Bold Leaders. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Bold Leaders is dedicated to providing leadership development and training services for young people and adults all over the world. The program engages both youth and adult educators in an intensive learning experience in the urban areas of Denver and Washington, DC. Upon return to their home countries, participants engage in community-based projects designed to empower young people and educators while promoting youth leadership and community engagement.
FC2S staff provided an overview of child welfare in the U. S. and legislation passed in recent years to improve the lives of children and youth involved with the foster care system. The group engaged in discussion about the challenges facing older youth as they transition to adulthood, both in the U.S. and in the Caribbean nations represented. Members of the delegation also talked about the obstacles facing youth in their own countries and shared some of the programs they are developing to provide additional support and opportunities to the youth.