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Saida entered the foster system at age 15. She has lived in 8 homes, 5 of which were group homes. Saida says, "Even though these things went on in my life I still think foster care made me who I am today!" Saida is currently her junior class president, and last year was the vice president of both the Nevada Youth Advisory Board and Foster and Adopted Youth Together, organizations that speak on behalf of Nevada's foster children. She has had several opportunities to advocate for youth in the Nevada foster care system and received a letter of recognition for her volunteer efforts from former President Bush. After completing almost 300 hours of volunteer work as a nursing aide in a hospital emergency room, Saida also completed a Medical Explorers program for students interested in medical field careers. She would like to be a neurosurgeon or psychiatrist.

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