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Boys Town Youth Advocate for Improved Care during Up-Close Look at State Legislature

Two Boys Town North Florida youth experienced the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this year when they participated in the Florida House of Representatives Page & Messenger Program.

Glennisha Joseph and Henry Sharpe spent a week in Tallahassee during the State Legislature's March session, touring the governor's mansion and learning how bills related to the state's system of care are submitted and passed.

Glennisha and Henry both had lived in foster homes. During their time in Tallahasee, they shared with state representatives their stories about living in the foster care system and how their lives had changed since they became residents of Boys Town North Florida's family-style residential program. By advocating for compassionate and effective care for children in their presentations, Glennisha and Henry provided lawmakers with insight on how policy changes they are considering can affect young people across the state.

"What I liked best was experiencing the work of the House of Representatives and being a page for Representative Mr. Roach," said Henry.

To participate in this experience, Henry and Glennisha had to apply to the program. Both Henry and Glennisha has made A/B Honor Roll and display positive behaviors at home and in the community. Boys Town North Florida is proud of the work they did to get to participate.

Thanks to recounting their experiences, Glennisha and Henry will be able to provide additional insight on how policy changes impact young people like themselves in the state of Florida.