Youth in foster care will have the opportunity to build their leadership skills, learn to become more engaged citizens and share their past experiences at the 23rd-annual Tomorrow’s Leaders Today conference, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Youth and adults who work with them will take part in activities such as leadership workshops, creating art and performing at the conference at the University of Minnesota Duluth, July 25-27. At the conference, youth will gain confidence and leadership skills to speak to county and state foster care experts, mentor younger foster children, contribute to training for foster parents and testify before policymakers.
“Young people need safe places to share their experiences so we can learn how to better serve them and other children in the foster care system,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “Through this conference, we are investing in their potential to positively influence their communities.”
The conference is aimed at youth ages 16 to 20 who are in or aging out of foster care. About 175 people are expected to attend.
Last year, almost 16,600 children were in Minnesota’s foster care system.