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Monday, June 28th, 2021 By UFC

Our June Hero of the Month is UFC alumnus Torhon Barnes! Torhon spent 15 years as a social work professional and is currently the Chief of Staff at Orange County Health Care Agency. Torhon is also an advocate of the LGBTQIA+ community and through his position at L.A. Care Health Plan, he was able to …

Friday, May 28th, 2021 By UFC

One of our former UFC foster youth, Arroya Shepherd, has blossomed into a successful California business owner, and we couldn’t be prouder of how far she’s come! Arroya’s journey into the beauty industry started 6 years ago when she studied esthetics at Paul Mitchell after receiving a full scholarship from UFC partner Anastasia Soare of …

Friday, May 28th, 2021 By UFC

Our May Foster Care Hero of the Month is Connie Chung Joe, a social justice and AAPI foster care advocate here in LA County. Connie was the Executive Director of Korean American Family Services for more than a decade, helping provide culturally sensitive homes to AAPI foster children in Los Angeles. Her work helped to …

Monday, March 29th, 2021 By UFC

Our March Foster Care Hero of the Month, Jhamasa Lewis, is a member of the UFC Next Generation Board. She is also an entrepreneur, artist, activist, and the Director of Service Learning at Brentwood School. Jhamasa was dedicated to her educational pursuits growing up and became a first-generation college graduate in 2013. She then spent …

Monday, February 22nd, 2021 By UFC

Despite facing many obstacles, Julisa, a dedicated, kind, and passionate young woman in our Scholars program, is on her way to fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Currently, she is at Riverside City College but will be transferring to CSU Fullerton to complete their RN Program. Earlier in her journey, Julisa had to …

Monday, February 22nd, 2021 By UFC

This February 2021 we celebrate Demonte “Tray” Thompson and his twin brother, Demontea “Tae” Thompson as our Foster Care Heroes of the Month! We could not be prouder of these two men, who currently work to advance and elevate young people through their nonprofit, Twinspire. Tray is a UFC Board member, and Trae is Twinspire’s …

Monday, January 25th, 2021 By UFC

Salena, a Pathways alumna, is such an inspiration! Her ability to self-reflect, to overcome personal challenges, and her determination to reach her goals speaks of her resilience. When Salena first came to Pathways, she had trouble managing her finances and would often not have enough to purchase basic needs items. Salena was able to find a …

Monday, January 25th, 2021 By UFC

We are so proud to announce Alain J Datcher, a UFC alumnus, as this month’s Foster Care Hero. Alain is the new Executive Director for Los Angeles County’s newly formed Youth Commission where he will help ensure that no policy, program, or delivery of services in LA County is developed or executed without being informed …

Monday, November 23rd, 2020 By UFC

When Celestina became a Pathways resident, she had just emancipated from foster care and was struggling with severe anxiety and depression. While in Pathways, she began therapy and her mental health improved. She also started a savings account by working part-time and full-time jobs, all while attending school full time. Celestina was a large part of the Pathways …

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 By UFC

This past year, one of our Pathways residents, Queysi, showed an inspiring amount of grit and perseverance after suffering a severe car accident that left her with a totaled car and significant back injuries. After quitting her job to undergo months of physical therapy, Queysi’s ability to function and complete everyday tasks slowly returned. Once …