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March 2019Vol. 20, No. 2FosterClub Encourages Future Leaders Through Its Summer All-Star Internship Program

FosterClub hosts an annual All-Star internship program to encourage youth with child welfare experience to become peer leaders and advocates.

The internship consists of a 6-week leadership training program at FosterClub's headquarters in Oregon. Responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare and facilitate workshops and activities at conferences and other events
  • Provide guidance and information to peers in the system
  • Produce web content, publications, audio and video recordings, etc.
  • Research child welfare topics
  • Provide youth perspective content for supportive adults
  • Write about their internship experiences

FosterClub emphasizes the following areas as goals for interns' personal growth:

  • Gain a better understanding of their personal narrative to protect themselves and influence positive change in others
  • Develop meaningful self-purpose (to help others and not merely be a recipient of services)
  • Understand how to set healthy relationship boundaries and trust others
  • Develop greater self-regulation and an understanding of the impacts of past trauma, how to maintain relationships after conflict, and how to manage stress and well-being
  • Gain knowledge of the system and resources available to young adults who have been in foster care

For more information on the FosterClub All-Star internship program and to read about past interns, see