Ezra Spitzer is executive director of the New Mexico Child Advocacy Network (NMCAN), which recently saw its bill offering incentives to employers to hire foster youth signed into law. Prior to joining NMCAN, Spitzer spent two years in the Peace Corps in post-Soviet Uzbekistan.
The Chronicle sat down with Spitzer in Albuquerque, N.M., following a celebration of NMCAN’s legislative victory.
When did NMCAN first start focusing on youth engagement, and how has the work changed over the years?
The progression on that is about roughly a decade ago, a lot of folks and actually one of the Supreme Court justices started really pushing and saying, this aging-out cohort is something we have to figure out. This is where there’s a problem.
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