Patrick Hannifin


17 Years Old

California Foster Care System 

I am 17 years old and have spent about 2.5 years in foster care in Los Angeles County with one displacement. I am from Wilmington, CA and will be attending UC Berkeley for Civil Engineering. 

Throughout High school I have maintained academic and athletic excellence with awards such as Principals Honor roll and leadership positions in Varsity Track and JV Football. With my college education, I aim to get a career that will allow me to better my community in any way possible. 

Although I have faced many hardships over my 17 years of life, I like to live by these quotes “Everything happens for a reason”, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade”, and “Always do your best in everything you do”. Some advice I give to anyone facing hard times is to make a positive out of every negative that is thrown at you. Only you can control what happens with your future, so if you truly desire something, you will work hard to achieve it.

Team(s) or Cohort(s)
2021 Outstanding Young Leaders