Magical May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, a month set aside to recognize foster youth, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and other community members who help children and youth in foster care find support and resources that they need to succeed.
Foster Expo: Empowerment & Mental Health
Our goal is to strengthen and improve awareness and identity. Youth should be given the opportunity to develop their talents, skills and enhance their quality of life. Our hopes is that Foster Expo will uplift and inspire youth to explore new horizons. We want our youth to utilize all the resources that we have to offer in order to be successful in life. Try imagining youth who are college graduates, employed, housed and enlightened rather than incarcerated, emotionally distress and homeless. This is their opportunity to network, learn and have some FUN.
SpECiAL GuEsTs & MoRe!
Here's our killer lineup of who's - who?
Cierra Keaton is a young woman on a mission. Her goal is to help people achieve and overcome obstacles that they feel may be holding them back. Her motto is “Run, walk or crawl, we will achieve it all”. Her goal is to reach as many people as possible, and to educate them on how to create a life worth LIVING. Growing up under a non-traditional household and being told she couldn’t achieve her goals led her down a different path of life. She is in the right place at the right time to help others who are seeking to “Make Their Story” come alive.
Her goal is to empower foster children and traumatized children and give them the power back to REWRITE the story of their life. Cierra is involved with many of the group homes in her local area and will be opening her own girl’s facility called “Our Sisters Keeper.” Our Organization provides a sisterhood and mentorship to youth.
I became an empowerment coach for girls and young women because I saw there was an important need to provide them with the healing and tools to develop deeper self-worth, to learn how to control their minds and build confidence from within; all the things I did for myself as an adult. My purpose is to help the younger generation heal unprocessed emotional pain which is an essential part of embracing and moving through life in their true power. My work with youth is not about changing who they are – it’s about awakening to the present and allowing themselves to feel the excitement and gratitude of simply being alive. I love sharing the tools I used to transform my own life as well as the teachings from my master’s program in spiritual psychology.
Brittney Price was born in Victorville, California and now resides in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in bright, colorful imaginative character work incorporating floral design. Her goal as a muralist is to bring a little joy and wonder to the world around her and turn ordinary locations into a catalyst for people’s imagination to flourish. She has recently done work with ComfortLA, Soulful Noise, Juicebot, ComeUpLA and now Foster Expo!
What’s up, I’m Shion Love. I was born in North Hollywood, California and after moving around a bit, I settled in Altadena around age 11. I started writing short stories at school and eventually writing became my only outlet as I grew older. I struggled with insecurities and like most kids in the foster care system; I didn’t really have anyone to talk to that could understand me on the level I truly needed, so my journal was my best friend. Poetry was always something to do but didn’t really become my passion until after I had my children. I started writing under the name Shion Love after deciding to pursue Writing professionally. I felt like I needed a fresh start. I didn’t want to write from the perspective of the insecure, confused woman anymore, I wanted the NEW and IMPROVE Shion. Shion was the name given to me at birth so in a sense, I went back to my roots and found myself and my purpose. I’m currently writing a book and creative directing with the Los Angeles based art collective Pick it Up La.
SPEAKER - MENTAL HEALTH
Sade Daniels is a highly sought and gifted public speaker, award winning spoken word artist and at a young age, has amassed over a decade of experience working within child welfare and reform efforts. Beginning at age 16, Sade has been apart of groundbreaking research on group homes, instrumental in widespread curriculum development for child welfare professionals throughout the state, as well as a dedicated practitioner, serving marginalized transition aged youth within the foster care system. Sade boldly analyzes and confronts the disproportionality of children of color in foster care and works collaboratively with key stakeholders to address implicit biases and the systemic racism that impacts children and families throughout the state.
Sade’s plight and triumphant journey has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicles, Essence Magazine and in Wee Pals Comic Strip as an influential figure in the Bay Area. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Philander Smith College and recently graduated with a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst for the California Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson with the State Department of Social Services. Sade is currently finishing her first novel to be released in 2019.
SPEAKER - EMPOWERMENT
Adrian Hargrove is an avid youth mentor, educational advocate, and motivational speaker who has dedicated his life in service to others. Drawing from experiences in his personal life as an example, Adrian seeks to motivate and inspire youth to recognize their strengths, overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals and dreams.
Currently the Administrator at There Is Hope Foster Family Agency, Adrian has spent over 18 years in services to youth at various levels. From direct support to administration in behavior health, group home facilities, and schools in Alabama as well as Northern and Southern California, Adrian is devoted to making a difference and improving services for youth. For his passion and commitment, Adrian has received honors and recognition for his outstanding service to children and youth.
Adrian has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Master’s degree in Public Administration- with emphasis on non-profit organizations, and he is currently completing his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership.
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We take pride in sharing the accomplishments of former foster care youth. Shoutouts shine a spotlight on foster care youth graduating from a four-year university in California.
Foster care youth have a variety of experiences growing up. Interviews give current and former foster youth an opportunity to share their experience in the foster care system.
We are not conducting Behind The Magic (BTM) interviews this year. We will start back up next year 2020!
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