Jordan Sosa spent 10 years in California's foster care system.

Jordan entered foster care at 9 years old. He was separated from his siblings, but felt he had the responsibility to set an example. When he started college, he decided to advocate for foster youth through California Youth Connection (CYC) to give back to those he identifies with in the hope that all foster youth will become productive members of society. Jordan is actively involved in his siblings lives, visiting them on a weekly basis. He works part as a Social Media Marketing Assistant for Donahue Schriber. When participating with CYC, he was the Orange County Chapter Chair for three years, and is currently serving as the Local Issue Coordinator for his chapter and as a member of the Legislative Committee. CYC has given him the opportunity to speak with California State Senators and Legislators about issues in the foster care system. He also works as a Youth Voice Representative for the Orange County Department of Education where he collaborates with different community partners that serve the foster youth population to identify gaps in helping foster youth. A Guardian Scholar member, Jordan plans to graduate from Cal State Fullerton in spring of 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Human Services. His goal is to attend graduate school to either obtain his Masters of Business Administration or a Masters in Social Work. He plans continue to keep in contact with all of his siblings to ensure their well-being and safety. Jordan wants to continue to set an example for them to show that anything is possible despite the trials and tribulations they faced in the foster care system.

It's important to give back to learn the lessons we faced in the foster care system. "There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."-Malcolm X

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