Andre Konda

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Hi Everyone, hope y’all have a wonderful day. My name is Andre Konda and I live in New York City. I’m a father of two beautiful daughters and a husband of a wonderful and smartest wife ever. I’m currently enrolled in a Master Program at John Jay college for a Law program. I’m also a full me advocate Ambassador for CARES. My goals it’s to be a successful lawyer, businessman, husband, and a wonderful example for my Kids. This goal is important for me due to the fact that I want to not only be a source of motivation for my family but also for those that usually have a hard time to believing in themselves based on their current situation or sometimes lack of support. I used to be one of those kids that was looking for support but unfortunately didn’t know where to start due to a lack of information that I had and also the boundaries of the language. Being able to be part of that project will help others to not only improve the systems but also make sure to put in the table any issue that doesn’t help the welfare sys ems to get better the ways it’s supposed to. CARES project is important for older youth because the project will revolutionize the whole system and also provide better support and opportunities for those that need change and support. When I’m not at school or working on my personal goals and projects, I usually spend the time with my family or sometimes watching a couple YouTube videos to increase my knowledge in different areas of life. That’s why: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey

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Happy Friday! We're back with our "Key Equity Term" Series; today's Key Equity Term is ✨Discrimination✨. This series aims to expand the reach and use of many terms that appear in our work, lives, and communities. 

Discrimination fact: According to the American Bar Association, "Racial discrimination in U.S. child welfare is a human rights issue. On August 30, 2022, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), a group of international experts charged with monitoring state compliance with human rights obligations on racial discrimination, expressed concern at the 'disproportionate number of children of racial and ethnic minorities removed from their families and placed in foster care' in the U.S. Stay tuned for new terms in the coming weeks, and if you have additions — let us know!
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Check out CARES #NewYork Ambassador Kayonda talking about what policy issue she feels has been neglected and should be an immediate concern. See what the CARES Policy Agenda is about by visiting CARES4Power.org or the LinkTree in our bio. This policy agenda reimagines how policy supports young people.
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Check out CARES #Atlanta Ambassador Aisha speaking about what she envisions for the future of the country. See what the CARES Policy Agenda is all about by visiting CARES4Power.org or the LinkTree in our bio. We, as a society, owe young adults the support they need to find their way and flourish. 
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We know that children and youth do best when they are able to remain in their homes and communities. And when families do become known to the child welfare system, it is the system’s responsibility to partner with families in ways that promote autonomy and provide supports and resources that keep families together. ⁣
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For LGBTQ+ youth and their families, this requires having a system, including staff, that engage youth and families with dignity and are affirming and responsive to their needs, as well as partnerships with a broader network of community-based supports that can meet families’ needs.⁣
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Check out our full statement on how Systems, policies, and communities play an important role in affirming LGBTQ+ young people in the foster care system on our blog.  🔗 in bio.
Young people want to be seen for their whole selves and deserve to feel encouraged, affirmed, and supported as they make their way in the world. 
 
Join us TODAY from 2:30-3:45 PM ET for a panel discussion hosted by @chcidc to talk about opportunities to support and affirm #LGBTQ young people in foster care, featuring LA Ambassador @danie.rose_ 
 
Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/3VcAbA07m