The best ideas come from the American people. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has a part to play.

All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. We invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.

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Foster Care Youth Champions of Change

These Champions of Change demonstrate how foster youth are reaching higher and giving back to their communities.


David Ambroz is the Executive Director of Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility for Disney|ABC Television Group. In that role, Ambroz convened more than 100 partners to create...

Maria Burgos is a college senior graduating later this month with a degree in Health and Human Biology. While in college, Burgos has participated in various mentoring and advocacy groups such as...

Sixto Cancel is a college student and a Young Adult Consultant with the Children’s Bureau, working in the Center for State Capacity. As a commitment maker for the Clinton Global Initiative...

Daryle Conquering Bear Crow (Oglala Lakota), is the Healthy Living Program Assistant at the Denver Indian Family Resource Center and is in his senior year of college, on his way to receiving his...

Nicole Dobbins is Executive Director of Voice for Adoption in Washington D.C., a national advocacy organization whose mission is to represent the interests of children in foster care who are...

Chelsea Faver currently serves as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps while also pursuing her Juris Doctor. As an alumnus of foster care, Faver developed a passion for advocating...

Mary Lee, Esq., serves as National YVLifeSet Coordinator for Youth Villages, a national children’s services nonprofit headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. YVLifeSet helps provide vulnerable young...

Sokhom Mao serves as a Juvenile Justice Commissioner for Alameda County and a Public Education Specialist for the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) at the University of California...

Lupe Ortiz-Tovar manages consultant coordination, engagement, and communication efforts with JBS International Inc. A large part of her work is to engage with young adult consultants ages 18-24...

Briana Osbourne spent four years in foster care in Sacramento, California. Currently, Osbourne works as a Youth Peer Mentor at Visions Unlimited, Inc. and previously served with City Year...

Eriq Swiftwater is 19 years old and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As a freshman in college, Swiftwater studies Business Education and plays on his...

George White serves as the Program Assistant at the National Foster Youth Institute as well as a Founding Member of Fostering Change, a program of Peace4Kids, in Los Angeles, California. At the...

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