May 20, 2015

Watson Coleman Spends Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day with Lawrence Township Youth

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC (May 20, 2015) ― Today, Aasim Johnson, a rising Senior at Rider University from Lawrence Township, NJ spent the day with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) for the 4th Annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.  Aasim and 60 other foster youth alumni from across the country traveled to Washington for in-depth look at the work of Members of Congress and a day in the House of Representatives.

“Aasim’s bright spirit, infectious curiosity, and incredible intelligence made him a pleasure to be around, and I’m so thrilled to have shared this experience with him,” said Rep. Watson Coleman.  “His personal story and experience in the foster care system are important to understand as we seek ways to protect and nurture children in that system now.  I am committed to ensuring that our nation’s child welfare system provides children like Aasim with the safe, stable and loving atmosphere that they need.”

“It was a great experience spending the day with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, and it’s reassuring to know that the Congresswoman is concerned about child welfare in the 12th Congressional District,” said Johnson.  “I’m so grateful she took the time to spend the day with me.”

Johnson and Rep. Watson Coleman met with constituents, attended a meeting of the House Homeland Security Committee, and spent time at a service event building care packages for active duty service members deployed overseas.

Rep. Watson Coleman is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. For additional photos, click here.