Special Series

Youth Voices Rising Writing Contest 2023 Winners & Finalists

Each year, Fostering Media Connections hosts the Youth Voices Rising Writing Contest — an opportunity for youth with experience in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems to write about their experiences. This year, writers were asked to submit essays or creative poetry describing how their experiences in foster care and experiences of homelessness connects with the juvenile justice system. These are the winners and finalists of this year’s Youth Voice Writing Contest.