Rep. Karen Bass teams up with former foster youth for 4th Annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day"
WASHINGTON—Los Angeles’ Briana Smith went to Capitol Hill to spend the day with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif) for the 4th Annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day." On May 20, Ms. Smith joined more than 60 other foster youth alumni from across the country who traveled to Washington to shadow members of Congress to get a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Representatives and to share their experiences in the child welfare system as a way to influence policy around foster care.
The pair had a full trip in DC. Ms. Smith met one-on-one with Rep. Bass where she discussed her experience in the foster care system and what she is doing now as a student at Dillard University in New Orleans. Ms. Smith sat in with Rep. Bass on a meeting with the National Association of Music Merchants as well as a meeting with UCLA students, staff, and alumni who were in DC as a part of “UC Day in DC.”
To finish the experience, Rep. Bass gave a speech on the House Floor about Ms. Smith before accompanying her to a luncheon featuring award-winning actress Victoria Rowell. The day before, Smith attended a “Champions of Change” event at the White House.
"It was such a pleasure to welcome Briana to Capitol Hill as a part of National Foster Care Month," said Rep. Bass. "I want to thank Briana for coming to our nation’s capital and for having the bravery to share her story with me. I was inspired with her strength and resiliency, and I remain committed to ensuring that our nation’s child welfare system provides these young people with a safe, stable and loving home.”