Empowering Foster Care Youth: A Trip to Harrisburg

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The Bucks County Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of current and former substitute care youth ages 16-21. Youth leaders on the YAB educate, advocate, and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system. Caitlin, Buddy and Ben are three remarkable youth at Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) who also serve as members of the Bucks County Youth Advisory Board.


On October 25, 2016, after receiving personal invitations to visit the Pennsylvania State Capital, Caitlin, Buddy and Ben traveled to Harrisburg, PA to meet and greet with Bucks County legislators. Senator Charles T. McIlhinney was the first host of the day and the YAB members were invited to the Senate floor where they then met with Senator Robert Mensch. Additionally, they had the chance to meet and greet with Representative Kathy Watson, Representative Marguerite Quinn and Representative Tina Davis.

This visit provided Tabor youth with a positive and empowering opportunity.

We Thank Senator Charles T. McIlhinney and his office for the invitation and for the positive experience the youth had.

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