Recently we were given the assignment of writing and recording a video about why we feel what foster care National Spokesperson Jimmy Wayne is doing is important to send in to Katie Couric's production crew to show that what he is doing matters so I thought that I would share what i wrote on it. Imagine having to cram your whole life into a black hefty trash bag in 20 minutes. Whatever you have left behind 9 times out of 10 you will never see again. You plead for someone to listen to what you have to say in the situation but in the end it doesn’t really matter. I felt like I was screaming to be recognized as a person but to the world around my voice was mute and I was invisible. I wanted to take priority in someone’s life and feel important enough for them to focus on my well being and find out what I wanted. For 18 years of my life I have spent my life in the SC Foster care system.
What Jimmy Wayne is doing matters to me because to other youth who are like I once was it symbolizes that there is someone out there who cares and is doing what he can to help foster youth across the nation and raise awareness about who we are and some of the things that we go through. Jimmy Wayne represents hope that you can achieve your dreams no matter what your past has been. To me it matters what Jimmy Wayne is fighting for because I know now that the tears I cried over the years were not in vain.