Hello, my name is Pauline Galvan, I live in Downey, California. I currently work for the Disability Support Services division at Cal State Fullerton as a coordinator for the Peer Mentor Program for students with disabilities. I am a full-time, first-year student in the MSW program. My goal is to establish my own non-profit organization or an educational program for emancipated and older foster youth. Developing organizations and educational programs for emancipated and older foster youth are critical to the success of former foster youth, as many programs and funding opportunities for education and other resources are limited by age which makes several youth in need ineligible. I joined the CARES project to explore my curiosity for policy and philanthropy and use my lived experience to advocate for other foster youth. The CARES project is vital to developing resources for foster youth and bringing awareness to barriers that impact the prosperity and survival of foster youth. When I am not spending hours in the library studying or doing homework, running groups and therapy sessions at internship, or developing training for the peer mentor program, you can find me at home snuggled with my two cats (Loki and Sox), getting my nails done, or at the gym.
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