Kossiwa Kpandja, 24, spent time in Michigan’s foster care system. 

During her time in care, Kossiwa experienced two different foster homes and one group home.

Kossiwa served as vice president of a Youth Advisory Board, in which she was to put discussion topics together and lead group asset trainings. The board was through Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiatives, an organization designed for youth who have experienced foster care. Through MYOI, Kossiwa volunteered in recruiting foster parents, packing care backpacks for youth in need, working at food pantries, and providing assistance for the foster parent appreciation banquet. Kossiwa has also been in the National Honor Society, on the Dean’s List, and the honor roll. 

In her free time, Kossiwa enjoys spending time with her parents and friends. She also likes to read, go to the movies, and listen to music.

Kossiwa plans to graduate with her degree in nursing so she can become a registered nurse. Kossiwa wants to help those who are in need.

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2019 Outstanding Young Leaders