Jameshia Shepherd 5 years in Michigan's foster care system

The difficulties Jameshia has overcome created the passion and motivation for her to serve and protect others, especially children. She understand what it is like to feel helpless, and to feel like you don't have a voice to speak for yourself or your siblings. Now, she also understands there are more resources and supports available for youth and children dealing with various adversities. Her own experiences in foster care inspired Jameshia to seek out a profession that would allow her to assist and empower youth who are faced with challenges that bring them into contact with the child welfare system.

She interned at the Department of Health and Human Services, supporting families who are healing and increasing their bond with each other through supervising visits during mother-child sessions. Jameshia recalls a time when a mother stated, "coming to these sessions has helped me from being overwhelmed and depressed". In that very moment, she knew she was making a positive impact in the family's life. Currently, Jameshia is completing her master's degree in social work. She will intern this summer 2017 in Washington, D.C. as a CCAI youth. She aspires to work at a federal level impacting policy that affects the child welfare system and underserved communities.

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