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NACAC will be hosting a three-day training to provide teams of three to five young adults (ages 18 to 25) who have experienced foster care, kinship care, or adoption—and their staff supporters—with the knowledge and skills necessary to start or enhance youth support and advocacy networks in their community, influence child welfare policy, and more.

In addition to cultivating unique leadership skills and increase understanding of child welfare legislation, the training will include sessions aimed at equipping young leaders with wellness tools and action plan strategies for personal and team efforts.

Young adults and staff will learn about creating supports and services that directly benefit other youth, identify advocacy issues for their communities, and devise strategies to use their experiences to help promote child welfare system changes.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Application Process

NACAC will select 5-6 teams throughout the US and Canada to attend the training in Bloomington, Minnesota. Selected participants will have training fees, lodging, and airfare covered by NACAC, with funding from Jockey Being Family®.

We are seeking applications from teams of 3 to 5 who want to attend the training. Each team should consist of:

  • 2 or 3 young adult leaders ages 18 to 25 who have experience with adoption, foster care, or kinship care
  • 1 or 2 adult staff supporters who are committed to provide ongoing support and guidance for the youth support or advocacy network.

Applicants must identify all potential participants before submitting an application. If your team has previously attended this NACAC training, you must engage new young adult leaders to attend.

Applications are due by March 12, 2019.

This application has two parts.

  • Part A is to be completed by an organization leader who can share information about the group’s experience and goals and identify the proposed team.
  • Part B is to be completed by one of the young adult advocates. Please fill out each question to the best your ability to ensure your best opportunity for selection.

NACAC seeks to provide an inclusive environment for the 2019 Youth Leadership and Advocacy Training. If you have questions or requests about additional accommodations that need to be made for you or a group member, please contact Mercedes Zahler at or 651-644-3036 ext 12.

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