Rachel Burke spent 5 years in Hawaii's foster care system.
After spending part of her youth in the foster system of Hawaii, Rachel went on to attend the University of Hawaii Center at West Hawaii and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She is seeking her Bachelor’s Degree in business and would like to ultimately open her own organic farming related business and work to teach people about sustainability and green options for living. Miss Rachel has participated on the Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative HI HOPES Youth Leadership board since it was first launched in 2012. In 2013, she also participated in the Jim Casey Youth Leadership Institute. Rachel has been on the Dean’s list, which is impressive, considering she balances two jobs and attends classes full-time. Those who work with Rachel know her as hardworking, dedicated and persistent in everything she does, including inspiring others as an active leader for other youth in care.