Sixto Cancel, Age 20
20 Years in the Connecticut Foster Care System
Sixto Cancel is a current undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University who grew up in foster care. As a commitment maker for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), Sixto planted the seed for starting Think of Us. Sixto serves as a Youth Innovation Advisor to Dell and is a member of the Youth Thrive Expert Panel. His dedication to helping young people succeed in life started in high school with Stellar Works, an initiative he started to fund and provide SAT and remedial education services for students in foster care.
As a Young Fellow with Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and Youth Villages, Sixto is a national voice advocating for youth aging out of foster care. He presented on issues facing black, LGBT youth in foster care at the White House’s Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Briefing. Sixto has appeared on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Fox News, the Katie Couric show, and the Huffington Post. Sixto has been named a Millennial Change Maker by BET and A Youth change maker by the Campaign for a Presidential Council and Youth Spark.