We have statistics challenging us to leave our area and find a better one, but as the saying goes: there’s no place like home.
I was six when I met my mom for the first time. We were at the Oakland Zoo at an event where people meet foster kids. This tall, caucasian woman walked up to me and offered to get me a slice of pizza.
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My family has always been economically vulnerable — something a recent survey, called GenForward, from the University of Chicago, says is common among black and Latino youth.
I considered studying computer science…but I ultimately opted for less screen time and more hammer time.
I use my phone to find directions, figure out where to eat, or call a car. So why can’t I use my iPhone when I’m feeling down too?
There’s a ticking clock always in the back of my mind. I need to graduate and become financially independent before the support I get from the foster care system disappears.
My mom was 21 when she got pregnant with me. She had to grow up faster than her peers, and take on a huge responsibility. Probably 10 years too early.