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Sixto Cancel, Age 20

20 Years in the Connecticut Foster Care System

Sixto first entered foster care when he was 11 months old, and moved through several foster homes during his childhood.  Growing up in foster care in Connecticut, Sixto sought out leadership roles such as chair of the Southwestern Connecticut “A Voice to be Heard” Youth Leadership Board. In his time as the chair of the “A Voice to be Heard” Board. Sixto designed, secured funding for, and implemented a pilot program called Stellar Works – a program to prepare children in foster care for post-secondary education. He also served as a Jim Casey Young Fellow is currently a 2012 All-star for FosterClub. He has spoken on panels for the Children Defense Fund, CFED Assets Learning Conference, and Harvard Law School. He has been featured in articles for the Hartford Courant, Connecticut Post, Huffington Post, CNN, and NPR’s Tell Me More.  Sixto serves on two advisory boards for the American Institutes Research (AIR): Improving Outcomes for African American Males in the Child Welfare System and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied youth board. He is involved with Rising Tides, a crowd funding website helping you people in foster care overcome financial barriers. Sixto Cancel is currently a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University.