Lost Childhoods Exhibit Previews

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Lost Childhoods

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles (2005‐ 2013), listens to former foster youth video at Lost Childhoods exhibit. Photo Credit: Ray Bussolari Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles (2005‐2013), listens to former foster youth video at Lost Childhoods exhibit. Photo Credit: Ray Bussolari

Lost Childhoods Exhibit Previews at Fundraiser for Foster Care Counts

Assembled for a private donor event in Beverly Hills, CA, Lost Childhoods made a quiet, yet powerful, debut on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. In the words of Winnie Wechsler, executive director of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, “Lost Childhoods is a truly moving, gripping exhibit, and we were proud to be able to expose so many to a unique appreciation for what it’s like to be in foster care.”

An exhibit of Foster Youth Museum, Lost Childhoods is a groundbreaking look at youth experiences in foster care—and
beyond. A compilation of photos, donated objects, videos,and foster youth art, the exhibit tells the story of loss and powerlessness – and the human capacity for resilience and connection.

While the event was organized to raise money for Foster Care Counts’ One Laptop Per Foster Youth program, Foster Care Counts donated $5,000 to Foster Youth Museum. “We are grateful for the support because these funds will help our curatorial team finish the exhibit in time for its full debut on March 6, 2014 at Warehouse 416 in Oakland, CA,” said Jamie Lee Evans, director, Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project. “This is an exciting time for us as we roll out a new exhibit; I think people will be pretty surprised by some of the artifacts that youth have chosen to save and share.”

To bring Lost Childhoods to your museum, gallery, training, or convening, contact Jeanie Yoon at 415‐442‐ 5060, Ext 25 or jeanie@calyouthconn.org.

Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project is a collaboration between current and former foster youth (ages 16‐24), child welfare professionals, and youth‐serving organizations. We empower transition‐age foster youth, who are experts in navigating the foster care system, to develop and deliver best‐practice training for professionals who support transition‐age youth—and curate the Foster Youth Museum. Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project and Foster Youth Museum are projects of California Youth Connection.

Foster Care Counts is a volunteer‐driven 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization dedicated to supporting foster youth and the agencies that serve them.