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Georgette joined Angels Nest because she knows firsthand what transition aged youth go through since she was one herself. Georgette spent her teenage years bouncing around from home to home in the broken foster care system before she emancipated at age 18. Like the youth who apply for Angels Nest services, Georgette had no safety net or anyone to depend on. Through sheer determination, Georgette went all the way with her education and graduated at the top of her class, serving as the commencement speaker at her college graduation. She is the first in her immediate family to get a college education and nationally, Georgette represents the less than 4% of former foster youth who obtained a college degree. She is determined to help Angels Nest improve this statistic.
Not only does Georgette bring years of foster care and TAY experience to Angels Nest, she has a near decade of experience working in youth-centric nonprofits and social services. In 2011, she won a Board of Supervisor's award for her youth advocacy leadership and garnered attention from the Department of Children and Family Services in New York, who flew out to see her program in operation and seek her counsel. Georgette directly supervised an innovative youth advocacy program whereby former foster youth would engage and represent current foster youth whenever they were removed from a home placement. Under Georgette's leadership, her youth advocacy program started with a 50K budget but grew to 1.2 million in three years. This increase expanded the youth advocates role in reforming county-wide systematic practices as well as provided former foster youth full-time employment, benefits, tuition assistance and therapy. Additionally, Georgette has spoken to audiences across the country on the perils and solutions of the foster care system. Her writing and foster care stories have been featured on NPR, CBS, ABC and PBS in the San Diego market. Currently, she's a West Coast Ambassador for Connect Our Kids, which serves to fast track social workers technological efforts in finding families for foster children. She is also now hard at work with her editor on a complement book to, "Foster Girl, A Memoir."