By Daniel Heimpel, The Chronicle of Social Change, March 18, 2020
On Thursday, March 19, Jerry Milner of the federal Children’s Bureau is teaming up with former foster youth and tech entrepreneur Sixto Cancel to co-host a virtual town hall inviting foster youth to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus.
“Those closest to the problem should be informing the solutions,” Cancel said as he frantically worked to put the event together from a Los Angeles hotel room. “We wanted to create a way that young people could have a voice in helping shape what potential solutions could be implemented right now.”
Top of mind for Cancel, who spent much of his young life in Connecticut’s foster care system, was ensuring that foster youth have a safe and stable place to stay as the crisis deepens.