WHEN CHILDREN CRY
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THE NEWBREED ABOLISHIONIST LEADING THE WAY
Awareness Leading to Lasting Community Change
• Staff Assistant at United States Senate, Harold Rhodes Sloke, Jr.
Harold Rhodes Sloke, Jr., also known as RJ, has had many achievements in various fields. As a former foster child, he has overcame numerous obstacles. As a teenager, he was moved around to 12 high schools and was in the ninth grade for the third time until a teacher advocated on his behalf. After that, he managed to graduate high schools and break away from the cycle of violence that plagued his area. He joined the U.S Army Reserve and has served in a tour in Afghanistan.
RJ’s story has been featured through many articles and news sources at local, state and federal organizations such as the Washington Post and Fox News. This past summer, he was a star dual intern at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). He published an extensive report outlining recommendations on how to improve the U.S foster care system, most specially dealing with crossover juvenile youth. One of his recommendations, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, passed both the House and Senate and was signed by President Obama in January 2013
Currently, RJ is working towards completing his undergraduate degree in Criminology and Social Work. He travels across the country to speak to and empower youth at various organizations, while also maintaining involvement in politics. He plans to launch his own non-profit business focusing on empowering at risk youth through motivational speaking. After he completes his undergraduate degree, he hopes to attend Law School so he can work as a child welfare attorney, criminal defense attorney and/or a lobbyist. RJ’s ultimate goal is to be elected to U.S Congress so he can use his experience to improve the lives of Americans of all backgrounds.
January 2013 – Present (9 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area• Serving at the frontline of the office, I interact with and assist constituents via phone or in person with numerous concerns relating to policy and personal issues
• Assist congressional staffers with typical office duties and office meetings
• Greet and screen visitors
• Organize and give Capitol Hill tours for constituents
August 2007 – Present (6 years 2 months)VariousProvide general maintenance to ensure all wheel vehicles and weapons are mission-ready. Maintain physical fitness and soldier-readiness for possible deployments overseas. I have served as squad leader for up to 10 soldiers for various missions and details
August 2012 – November 2012 (4 months)Worked as a full time staffer for state senate race, marked as the priority state senate race by party majority, which won the election; Performed clerical duties such as copying, emailing and answering the phone ;Trained, managed and supervised up to 10 volunteers and staffers on various tasks; Interacted with the public daily through door-to-door canvassing and various organization meetings
May 2012 – August 2012 (4 months)Washington D.C. Metro AreaPerformed clerical duties such as copying, emailing and answering the phone
Researched various issues, most notably on defense, tax policy, veterans assistance, foster care, adoption, and international relations and wrote reports for designated legislative staffers
Prepared memos, amendment speeches, and legislative spreadsheets
Developed Congressional Report that provided proposed policies and amendments
Briefed Senate Staffers on Congressional hearings I attended
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May 2012 – August 2012 (4 months)Washington D.C. Metro AreaSelected from a competitive process to intern at the nation’s top think tank on adoption and foster care issues
Published article, “Preventing Foster Youth from Crossing Over into the Juvenile Justice System,” in the 2012 CCAI Recommendation Report to Congress, “Hear Me Now;” report is read widely by policy experts and child welfare professionals
Presented article to and answered questions from Members of Congress at Capitol Hill briefing
One of my recommendations, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, is in the process of becoming law.
August 2011 – November 2011 (4 months)Supervised, provided structured schedule and counseled up to 20 residents at a time
Contributed to resident’s Master Treatment Plan
Provided behavior management services and maintained records of residents’ daily activities.
January 2011 – August 2011 (8 months)Provided customer service including technical support and product assessment to over 400 clients;
Managed customer database to ensure timely delivery of merchandise; and
Oversaw customer accounts and provided document for receipt of payment.
September 17, 2012
Interviewed with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), we discuss the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s operation and programs, such as the Foster Youth Internship and the Angels in Adoption program, along with raising awareness about the U.S foster care system
- 2 authors
Staff Assistant at United States Senate
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
August 1, 2012
My report that further details information about a presentation I gave to a congressional audience concerning transitioning foster youth and connecting youth to post-secondary education programs and my attempt to compromise funding for federal legislation that supported similar programs.
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May 2012 – August 2012
This report is a compilation of recommendations on how to improve the U.S foster care system based on my experience and research. The emphasis of this report is placed on crossover youth such as juvenile delinquents.
- 2 team members
Staff Assistant at United States Senate
2012 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Fost