Re-Envisioning Foster Care in Your Practice, in Your Home and in Your Community

Re-Envisioning Foster Care in Your Practice, in Your Home and in Your Community
Presented by Sixto Cancel

Sixto Cancel
Sixto is a current a VCU student who grew up in the US foster care system and is founder of Think of Us, which works to create positive life outcomes for vulnerable youth. He has been named a Millennial Maker by BET and recognized as one of the Top 24 Changemakers under 24 in the country by the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and Sparkaction. In high school he founded and secured funding for Stellar Works, a SAT and remedial education program for students in foster care. Sixto currelty serves as a Youth Innovation Advisors to Dell Inc.

As a Young Fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunity, Cancel has had a national voice advocating for youth aging out of foster care. Cancel has participated in over 20 conferences around issues facing youth including the Harvard Law, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Center for Enterprise Development. Cancel has been quoted on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Fox News, and Huffington Post. As a policy council member he provides recommendations to the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Foster Care Coalition and on advisory boards for noteworthy organizations including the Center for the Study of Social Policy and American Institute of Research.


Thank you to our sponsors! 

BC Graduate School of Social Work

Dave Thomas Foundation

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst College of Education

UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish offering scholarships for 50 youth to attend the Rudd-REFCA conference.  If you are a young person that has experienced foster care and you would like to learn more about how One Simple Wish can help, please at or read this FAQ.

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