*Los Angeles, CA – The Second Annual “Level Up Experience,” an inspirational virtual one-day experience developed for youth aging out of the U.S. foster care system, will be held on Thursday, February 9, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm EST (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm PST).
The conference is a collaboration between the Music Is Unity Foundation founded by Earth, Wind, and Fire’s Philip Bailey; The Felix Organization co-founded by award-winning casting director Sheila Jaffe and RUN DMC’s Darryl DMC McDaniels, Co-Founder of The Felix Organization; and The Purple Project founded by former foster youth LaTasha
Watts. Together, their mission with the “Level Up Experience” is to inspire, educate and prepare foster youth for adulthood. All foster youth, present and former, between the ages of 14-24, are invited to participate in this FREE conference by registering at bit.ly/levelupcon23. All youth that register to attend this free event will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes including Chromebooks, Beats headphones, and more. Additionally, the first 30 youth to register will also be entered in a giveaway for a chance to win a gift card.
The “Level Up Experience” hosted by Candi Marie (actress, advocate, and former foster youth) will kick off with special messages from Philip Bailey and Darryl McDaniels. The event will include 10-minute “Ted Talk-style” workshops on Future Planning and Careers, Safety and Health, Self-Care, and Relationships. The experience will conclude with an electrifying performance by singer and songwriter Dreion followed by an awards presentation.
“We are proud to offer the second annual ‘Level Up Experience’ this February,” says Philip Bailey, Founder of the Music Is Unity Foundation. “With the collaboration of these three foster care charities, we can provide a day of learning, support, and fun for these young adults as they age out of the system and prepare to enter unchartered territory.”
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“Supporting foster youth is a 24/7, 365-day commitment,” added Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels, Co-Founder of The Felix Organization. “It is important to remember that these youth need our support. The conference is our way of providing them with inspirational advice and real-life skills and resources.”
LaTasha Watts, Founder of The Purple Project said, “As a former foster youth, I understand the challenges and worries that come with being in the system. Our focus with this annual LEVEL UP experience and our work throughout the year is to make a positive and lasting impact on the foster care community.”
Speakers for the Level Up Experience include ESPN Chief of Staff Rick Alessandri; Serita Cox, Co-Founder of iFoster + a panel of former foster youth; Founder of The Uprise, Inc., Robbie Schaack; Love and Life Advisor and Podcast Host, Francesca Hogi; Certified Public Accountant Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello; Founder and Executive Director of SUN Scholars , Christopher Scott; Author and youth mentoring coach Sensei Dave Armstrong; Emmy Award-winner filmmaker and non-profit founder of Just Like You Films, Jennifer Greenstreet.
For more information about the Level Up Experience, please visit Eventbrite Link.
About the Music Is Unity Foundation (MIU)
MIU is a leading non-profit created by Mr. Bailey to focus on youth aging out of foster care. Since 2007 MIU has provided grants to non-profit, community-based organizations and agencies offering supportive services to the over 23,000 youth who are emancipating from the
U.S. Foster Care system each year. For more information about MIU, please visit musicisunity.org, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram at @musicisunity.
About The Felix Organization
The Felix Organization was co-founded in 2006 by Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer, Darryl “DMC ” McDaniels and Emmy Award-winning casting director, Sheila Jaffe. Both adopted and grateful to have been “taken home”, they were compelled to use their resources and experience to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system. They had no idea the impact this partnership would have on the lives of so many disadvantaged children. Felix has raised over
5.5 million since its inception 17 years ago, served over 16,000 children in the foster care system, sent almost 4,000 children to seven camps on two coasts, and distributed over
$420,000 to over 10,000 individuals in need through grants and gift cards. For more information, please visit www.felixorganization.org, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @felixorganization.
About The Purple Project
The Purple Project was founded in 2009 by award winning child advocate, author and former foster care alumni, LaTasha C. Watts. The Purple Project has served over 5000, former and current foster youth since its inception 12 years ago. It hosts one of the largest foster care youth conferences in the country, which focuses on independent living, mental health, and resiliency. Through their One Voice program, they have assisted over 2000 youth with maintaining stability in the areas of housing, education, nutrition, medical, legal and employment. The Purple Project’s Rise program has provided professional training to over 1000 professionals, and supportive staff in the fields of psychology, social work, criminal justice, and counseling. For more information, please visit www.thepurpleproject.com, and follow us on Instagram @thepurpleproject1, and on Facebook @thepurpleproject.
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