Welcome to this inside look at what’s working with Ashoka Fellow Sixto Cancel. In this conversation, we will hear how Sixto is flipping the foster care system to put power in the hands of its young people. His Think of Us model connects youth transitioning out of foster care with a team of mentors and cross-sector social services, giving young people agency in their transition to independence.As COVID-19 upends all of our systems, Sixto is making sure that policy recommendations about young people in foster care are made with their input. Through the online COVID-19 Command Center created by Think of Us, young people are sending in their personal stories, challenges, or solutions about how the crisis is impacting them — and policymakers are listening.
If this conversation sparks any questions for Sixto, feel free to use the “Q&A” feature at the bottom of your zoom screen, and we’ll do our best to get to it at the end of the call.And for more information on Sixto and Think Of Us, see his interview with Ashoka in Forbes here (https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2019/11/12/upgrading-our-foster-care-system/#ca4297a37871), and go to (https://www.thinkof-us.org/) to take action today.