Ovvarshia G


24 Years Old 



“I’ve always wanted to help people, give back to the community, provide resource education and connect people to local agencies that will assist their everyday needs to improve their livelihood.”

Ovvarshia made the decision to pursue social work as a career, because she didn’t want other foster children to experience the same things she did. She is the President of Empowering Foster Youth through Technology (EFyTECH), and was recently chosen as a delegate liaison for the National Foster Youth Institute. She was also nominated as one of the “Top 20 Most Influential Black Detroiters Making History Today Under The Age Of 25” by the Skillman Foundation.

As a young mother in foster care, Ovvarshia faced many challenges pursuing her education. However, she was determined to be among the first generation of college students in her family. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in social work, and plans to return to school to get her Master’s degree.

Ovvarshia leads through her core values of love, compassion, empathy, faith, perseverance, humility, service, respect and understanding. She knows that her personal experience in foster care will aid her as a macro-level social worker that focuses on policy changes related to youth in care.

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2023 Outstanding Young Leaders