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News: PCC Student Hopes to Shape Foster Care Policy with D.C. Internship

Pasadena City College student Athena Madison has been selected as one of 16 college students from across the country to spend the summer in Washington D.C. as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Foster Youth Internship (FYI) program.

The program provides individuals who have spent time in the United States foster care system with an opportunity to intern in a Congressional office and share their experiences, opinions and unique perspectives with policymakers in Congress. Madison will be interning in Rep. Karen Bass’ (D – 37th District) office.

“Working on child welfare issues is technically up my alley,” said Madison, who at age 7 entered the foster care system when her mother passed away. “I have firsthand knowledge of the many struggles that a foster youth encounters in the system, in terms of life before foster care, life in foster care, and life after foster care.”

Madison is the youngest in the program at 19. In 2011, she enrolled at PCC to study biology. She hopes to eventually move on to medical school.

“I am passionate about two very different things: politics and the criminal justice system. I am also interested in science and therefore am trying to find an area in which they overlap,” she said.

Release Date: 07/05/2013
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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