Conference for U.S. Foster Youth Aging Out of Foster Care System a Success –

*The First Annual “Level Up Conference,” an inspirational virtual one-day event, took place Saturday, December 11 at 11:30 am ET (8:30 am PT). The conference was a collaboration between Earth Wind and Fire icon Philip Bailey’s Music Is Unity Foundation; The Felix Organization, co-founded by award-winning casting director Sheila Jaffe and Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels;

…and The Purple Project founded by former foster youth LaTasha Watts. Together, their mission with the “Level Up Conference” is to inspire, educate and prepare foster youth aging out of the foster care system. All foster youth, present and former between the ages of 14-24 were invited to participate in the FREE conference HERE.

The conference will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops on the following categories:

  • Future planning
  • Safety/Health
  • Self-Care
  • Relationships

“Three charities got together, and the result is the first ever launch of a united unprecedented effort to help youth aging out of the foster care system,” says Phillip Bailey, Founder of the Music Is Unity Foundation.

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Philip Bailey – Music is Unity Foundation

“Never has this been more critical so kudos to our teams who orchestrated this inspirational, uplifting day and we plan to expand every year until we hit every state in the nation and every kid who deserves this opportunity,” added Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels, Co-Founder of The Felix Organization.

LaTasha Watts, Founder of The Purple Project said, “You have three amazing organizations coming together to create change and to develop a platform that will make a positive and lasting impact on the foster care community.”

Speakers for the Level Up Conference include ACLU Senior Staff Attorney, Carl Takei; TV Producer and Actress, Candi Marie Daniels; New York Times best-selling author and Attorney,

Regina Calcaterra; Founder and Executive Director of Black Mothers Speak, Renee Culbertson; Costume Design professionals, Alita Bailey and Rita McGhee, who have over 15 years of experience designing wardrobes for hit TV shows like “Empire,” “Martin,” etc.; AmeriCorps College Guide and the College Now program, Dr. LaRita Hand and David Burke; Michelle Knight, New York Times best-selling author and featured in national news including “Today Show,” People Magazine for her inspirational abduction survival story; among others.

The event included resources for Foster Youth and fun giveaways, prizes, and more!

More information on the foundations is available via these links: Music Is Unity , The Purple Project  and  The Felix Organization.

Foster Care – Getty

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 …….


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