Years in care: 4

Angela is currently a Junior at North Carolina Central University majoring in social work. Her home state is the golden state of California. She is a focused, determined, and resilient. While being in the substitute care system, she experienced and witnessed a plethora of injustice. She is now ready to speak up and make a change.

Angela participated in the 2016 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program and in May 2017 was selected to come back as a Pod Leader. She had an opportunity to create and facilitate workshops, organize functions and lead discussions. She was inducted in the National Society of Leadership Success, the National Honor society, and the National Foster Youth Institute. She is currently employed at SAYSO (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out), where she serves on panels bringing the youth voice to legislative decisions, media and program improvement plans to create needed changes in the child welfare system. In addition, she has decided to pursue entrepreneurship as she is self-motivated and believes in being her own boss. Angela believes resilience and hard work can get you anywhere in life. Her short-term goals are to graduate with a BSW, start a non-profit organization which would mentor and provide life coaching in order to empower people through truth, positivity, love and support.