I have been lucky enough to have found a community oozing with love and positivity. A Sense of Home have given me more than just a furnished home. It’s a community that nurtures and empowers us. One that doesn’t let us be satisfied with mediocrity. A Sense of Home has become part of my extended family. Women that I can depend on to support me in my decisions but also put me in check when I set my standards low. I have always been cautious of who I can trust enough to share my whole story with. Being a former foster youth isn’t what we want to be solely known for. We don’t want to be seen or pitied by our past but by who we have become. We are resilient, powerful, tenacious, independent, empathetic, compassionate people that defied the stigma imposed on Foster youth by the system. We break cycles of negativity, become leaders, artist, mentors and never stop being students. We are constantly learning from the challenge thrown our way. We learn to see mistakes as life lessons that make us wiser. A Sense of Home sees all of that in us. They are one of few organizations that never pity you see you as a victim due to your past. On the contrary the help us find our talents and provide us with opportunities to explore and implement them.
During my involvement with ASOH I have had the most amazing opportunities. I was able to intern with Burberry’s New York and London events team for “London in Los Angeles” at Griffith Park. I had the chance to also work for a well known fitness photographer Per Bernal as his assistant photographer. Currently, I am up for two jobs at two major international media and digital companies. I am also working part time for A Sense of Home with their social media and content team. I am so grateful for all of these fantastic experiences.