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South Africa Foster Youth Exchange

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Youth Organizing Goes Global
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A group of inspiring youth, who have navigated the CA foster care system, have a unique opportunity to work with youth in South Africa, many of whom also have been in foster care. Through this cultural exchange, we will inform youth development, wellness programming, and advocacy efforts in California. We invite you to help bring this extraordinary cultural exchange to fruition by making a donation now. For more information, email lead organizer, jamieleeevans@yahoo.com.


Born out of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, oppression, and poverty, South Africa youth organizations have emerged as an internationally regarded model for progressive organizing. Likewise, California has also arisen as a model – for youth development – thanks to the groundbreaking work of organizations like California Youth Connection and Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project, both of which serve transition age foster youth with advocacy, training, and wellness programming. So what can a team of youth form California learn by meeting with youth organizers in South Africa? A lot, for sure.

By meeting with like-minded organizations, we will share best practices in youth development and organizing, and infuse our own programs with new insights and practices. By making new friends, youth will form new bonds, often absent in the journey of foster care. Youth will build resiliency by stretching beyond the comfort of every day routines. And by seeing, firsthand, the experiences of South African youth in the communities we will visit, youth will come to understand oppression in a new way and how one form of oppression is linked to another.

Moreover, travel offers an increased understanding of different perspectives; enhanced self-awareness; opportunities to confront new challenges—and the realization of new accomplishments that fuel growth and confidence.

Put simply, this international exchange will be transformative—for the youth and for our programs. Please help make this exchange a reality and donate now.



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