Elizabeth Villa

Your Role:  Organizing intern

Background:

I am a former foster youth and a mom to a wonderful 6-year-old.

As a young mother who raised herself and her son in a system with limited resources and who struggled with many insecurities throughout life, I had always wanted to help and give back to my community. Throughout, I have found ways to engage and connect with my community by becoming a charter member of the California Youth Connection and participating as a youth ambassador for a policy project led by CSSP that focuses on designing and implementing meaningful, anti-racist supports for transitioned-age youth.                                                                                                                    

Why you like working at NFYI: I enjoy being part of NFYI because my passion is in building a community that supports foster youth with equitable resources and uplifts youth to be part of the greater movement by giving youth the necessary tools to be engaged and successful.

Passions/Hobbies/Aspirations:

Some of my current hobbies consist of collecting vintage items and photography.

Fun personal fact:

I am currently working on a project with Tú eres Tú, a campaign that supports foster youth to find their voice and regain control of their identity. I Will have the opportunity to create and print my own mini-zine to bring awareness to the pressing issues impacting our community.

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