In College, Former Foster Kids Pay it Forward []


Bria Davis didn’t have the easiest time growing up. Her mother suffered from schizophrenia and her father wasn’t around. As a result, she was placed into the foster-care system, which meant changing schools every year.

“Coming out of high school, I never was in a stable place,” Davis says.

Davis’ freshman year at Miami Dade College in Florida was challenging, and she eventually sought help. Now a well-acclimated sophomore, Davis decided she was in a unique position to give back. So she joined the Changemaker Corps, a peer-to-peer mentoring program by and for students who are aging out of foster care. The service-year program launched at Miami Dade in 2015 with support from Service Year Alliance and the nonprofit Educate Tomorrow.

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