Ivis says about the power of youth voice: “It is those of us who have been in the system before that have the voice our current brothers and sisters in care will be willing to listen to, the voice that will tell them they are worth more than some may let them believe. The voice that will help them to believe that they really can do anything they put their minds to. We are the proof that stereotypes are not correct, and that is the proof that is needed to help infuse change.” Ivis uses her voice.

She is currently a senior at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education, with plans to work with at-risk youth. She is an active member of Foster Care Alumni of America, the Kentucky Education Association Student Program, and a troop leader for American Heritage Girls. Previously she has been an intern for the Children’s Defense Fund and Walt Disney World Resort, taught at conferences for gifted youth, traveled on mission trips to serve at-risk youth, and volunteered with community organizations, shelters and local soup kitchens. She also works with youth to improve their reading, math, and writing skills.

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