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APSU senior is first Tennessean named to National Foster Youth Advisory Council

An Austin Peay social work major has become the first Tennessean named to the National Foster Youth Advisory Council (NFYAC).

Senior Mary Lee of Dickson will serve as one of the NFYACs 24 current and former foster youths, using her foster care experience to affect change within the child welfare system.

A member of the Tennessee Youth Advisory Council (TYAC), Lees fellow advocates nominated her to work with the NFYAC. On March 30, she received word that her application had been accepted.
An Austin Peay social work major has become the first Tennessean named to the National Foster Youth Advisory Council (NFYAC).

Senior Mary Lee of Dickson will serve as one of the NFYAC's 24 current and former foster youths, using her foster care experience to affect change within the child welfare system.

A member of the Tennessee Youth Advisory Council (TYAC), Lee's fellow advocates nominated her to work with the NFYAC. On March 30, she received word that her application had been accepted.

“I think working with the law and policies of the foster care system to advocate for children's rights on the national level will be a positive experience,” says the aspiring law student. “That's what I want to do after law school—be a child advocate, developing policies within the foster care system.”

Sponsored by the Child Welfare League of America, the NFYAC is a diverse group dedicated to empowering youth to advocate for themselves and contribute to the policies affecting their lives. Members work to promote youth leadership on a national level, improve the system and services offered to foster youth and strengthen the field in areas such as positive youth development and transition support.

For more information about the NFYAC, visit www.nfyac.org.
—Terry Stringer