At the age of thirteen, Christina entered the Utah state foster care system with her older sister and spent a total of 5 years in care. They were placed into three different homes before aging out. Early on, she balanced her responsibilities with her job, school and being Head Cheerleader. She was approved to move into her sister’s apartment three months before her 18th birthday. Transitioning into adulthood, she still rents an apartment with her sister today. Throughout her time in and after care she has always valued her education as a key to success. This value has continued to drive Christina to further her education after graduating high school.
Christina was awarded the Olene S. Walker Transition to Adult Living Scholarship, and enrolled at Salt Lake Community College. She has since graduated and earned both her Associates of Science Social Work Degree, and General Education degree. Following her graduation, she was awarded the Karstens Foster Scholarship and was accepted to the Bachelors of Social Work program at the University of Utah. Christina will graduate as a Dean's List student with her Bachelors of Social Work degree in December of 2016. Currently, she is in the process of applying for the advanced standing Masters of Social Work program at the University of Utah.
Christina enjoys working with youth in the education system in her role as a Community Education coordinator of enrichment and academic programs in the Salt Lake City School District. Christina loves art, hiking, dancing, and binge watching shows. She is a student, educator, cheerleader, advocate, mentor and coach.
She is an artist, scholar, athlete, and advocate.