Kimberly Coronel, 19, California’s Child welfare system.
Kimberly entered care at the age of four. She had a total of 5 placements throughout her foster care experience, 2 group homes, 2 foster home placements, and a failed adoption. In her last placement, her foster parents received guardianship of her. After Kimberly turned 18 and aged out of the system, she successfully transitioned to college.
Involved with CYC, (California Youth Connection) which is a non-profit organization within California that allows current and former foster youth to advocate for change within the foster care system. Kimberly has gained the opportunity to become a part of the No Stigma No Barriers Mental Health Board which strives to help transition-age youth receive and be informed of all the mental health services that are available to them.
In her spare time, she loves to relax and enjoy doing things such as crocheting, reading, and drawing. She also really enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming.
Kimberly aspires to achieve a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a minor in Political Science. After that her plans are to get into the USC master’s program to receive an MSW and JD in law. To one day work within the legislative side of the child welfare system.