ASPIRING Young Leaders Program

Want to learn to tap into your potential to succeed?

The ASPIRING Young Leaders Program was built locally in Rhode Island as part of the ASPIRE Initiative to mirror the youth leadership training provided by The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. This leadership program will build upon the strengths of youth who have experienced foster care and empower young leaders across the state to succeed.

Upon completing the training, youth will have an increased understanding about issues in foster care and will have developed their leadership and advocacy skills to effectively engage in local advocacy work. Participants will create and have a network of relationships with peers and supportive adults across the state.

Young Leaders will participate in a three day leadership program, developing skills in:
• Communication
• Strategic Sharing
• Relationship/Team Building
• Self Advocacy

To download the ASPIRING Young Leaders Program Brochure click here

How many youth can participate?

The ASPIRING Young Leaders Program runs once annually with a maximum of twenty young people in each class.

What are the long-term benefits to completing the program?

After completing the ASPIRING Young Leaders Program, participants will have the opportunity to participate in advocacy and program development opportunities, including presenting at conferences, conducting trainings, sitting on advisory committees and working to empower other youth while participating on The Voice .

Who is eligible to apply?

All participants must be between the ages of 14-21 and have spent at least one day after their 14th birthday in an out of home DCYF foster care placement.  Ideal candidates should be responsible, respectful, and demonstrate strong leadership potential.

How can I apply?

The next training will be held August 9-11, 2017 in East Providence.  The deadline for Applications for our August 2017 training is Friday, July 21, 2017.  After phone interviews are conducted, applicants will be informed of their acceptances.


APPLY ONLINE TODAY >> (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE ASPIRE PROGRAM. To enroll for ASPIRE Financial Literacy Classes, please apply on the ASPIRE Initiative page)


If you prefer, download the application:
                                                      ASPIRING Young Leaders Application 2017

Please complete the application and either email to: Victoria Ferrara

Or mail it to:
Victoria Ferrara
Foster Forward
55 S Brow Street 
East Providence, RI 02914

The 2013 Innaugural Class of the ASPIRING Youth Leaders Program is welcomed by Mike Peno and Tiffanie Barbosa. 

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