Isha Charlie McNeely

Age: 

29

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FosterClub Team(s): 

2010 FosterClub All-Star Intern, National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council member, Donor

"I believe in FosterClub because it is an incredible organization that gives youth in foster care hope, value, meaning and a place where their voices matter.”

A Portland native, Isha-Charlie McNeely grew up in the state of Oregon’s foster care system from the age of three to aging out at 18. She experienced more than 10 placements ranging from foster homes, group and residential homes, and even spent time in shelters. A FosterClub Young Leader, Isha-Charlie was a 2010 FosterClub All-Star Intern and is currently a member of the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council.

Charlie Supports Foster YouthIsha-Charlie is an active member in her community volunteering for various organizations as a foster youth and human-trafficking advocate, and she serves as President her non-profit, Back-2-School-FRESH which provides low-income and minority households with free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, and hairstyles, as well as connecting them with community resources before the school year starts. With dual bachelor degrees at Portland State University in School Health Education and Community Health, Isha-Charlie is a as Case Manager for youth in care providing them with transitional services. She has also worked as a coach for Futures and The My Life Projects and is now a senior coach and project coordinator for My Life at New Avenues for Youth.


Recently, Isha-Charlie was accepted to the Masters of Social Work Program at Portland State University. She hopes to continue to advocate for foster youth to improve the system of which she grew up and as well as connecting youth from various backgrounds with resources and services in their community that would lead them to more opportunities.