Vita Short

8 years in Indiana’s Foster Care System

20 years old


Vita experienced eight years in the foster care system. One thing she would like people to know about the foster care experience is that the system lacks support and resources for older youth that are aging out. To shine a light on a lack of support for older foster youth, Vita is involved with the Indiana Foster Youth Advisory Board. Vita is also a 2020 NYTD (National Youth in Transition Database) Youth Ambassador. She is currently a student at Vincennes University studying American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. 

In the future, she plans to continue with her advocacy and further her education in multicultural studies and criminal justice. A quote Vita lives by is “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”–Maya Angelou. “This quote means to me that just because we fail at things doesn’t mean that we are a failure. We are only human and we have to Persevere.”

Team(s) or Cohort(s)
2020 All-Stars