The voice of the Nebraska’s youth is loud and clear to senators

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Project Everlast youth gather at the capital to make their voices heard.

On Monday, March 25, youth from Project Everlast hosted a well attended luncheon for Nebraska state senators. This, in and of itself, isn’t extraordinary. Here’s what is.

These young people worked all day Sunday to go through each of the bills that affected them and build persuasive, passionate and informed presentations to educate senators about why these bills are important to youth who have experienced foster care.

In small groups assigned to each of the five most important bills to the youth, they created posters and talking points. And at the meeting, the presented articulately on the important points of each bill. Here’s a recap.


John talking to Senator Avery about his experience aging out of care.

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David, Mona and Meshka taking a break to pose.

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Courtney, John and Darius presenting to the group.

The day’s results were remarkable. Minds were changed. Perceptions were shattered. And the confidence of these youth were expanded, as they learned that they really can accomplish anything with hard work and support from caring adults. Here’s how they think the day went.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state's kids what they need to reach their full potential. We do this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults.

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