Leadership Profile: Kathy from Sacramento County, California

Kathy Jones

Location: Sacramento County, CA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 5 years
Interests: My interests are being an advocate for current and former foster youth, the abused, animals and people of faith.  I also enjoy mentoring others who have requested help in writing a book, as I have experience being an author. I have several hobbies, a few of which are boating, reading, writing, and playing guitar and piano.

Definition of Leadership: A person who demonstrates a clear vision and focus on the mission, is a strategic planner and believes in teamwork. Great leaders help others reach their goals, make it a priority to listen to their team members and take pride in each team member’s accomplishments. A great leader is one who demonstrates integrity, courage and humility. They are flexible and embrace the inevitable changes their organization/business will face. A good leader is one who earns the respect of their team.

Goals: I would like to see many policy changes concerning foster care, especially for youth aging out and those aged 26 and above who no longer have federal or state aid options available to help them with housing and other basic needs.




Leadership Profile: Dr. Madison from St. Louis County, Missouri

Lanette Madison

Location: St. Louis County, MO
Number of Years in Foster Care: 8 years
Interests: Spending quality time with my children, reading, boxing, gardening, learning, traveling, and dancing. I thoroughly enjoy helping others, creating, designing. and improving upon organizational processes, policies, and procedures

Definition of Leadership: Leadership refers to a group of people who leverage their individual gifts, talents, skills, and abilities to collaboratively grow a business, improve upon a cause, champion a position, and carryout a specific mission.


Leadership Profile: Sonia from Alameda County, CA

Sonia Aldape

Location: Alameda County, CA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 4 Years
Interests: I am a clinical social worker committed to supporting people in their health and wellness goals. I love running, reading and hiking.

Definition of Leadership: My definition of leadership is to present and dedicate oneself in a manner that is admirable and respectable.


Leadership Profile: Brittany from Fulton County, Georgia

Brittany Myers 2

Location: Fulton County, GA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 3 Years
Interests: My interests are reading, writing and motivating others. 

Definition of Leadership: Leadership is the ability to serve others with humility and passion.

Goals: My community service goal is to be the voice of suicide awareness. My professional goals are to become a well-known Speaker and Author. My books and speeches would focus on love and healing.

Read about Brittany’s Speech at Youth Thrive™ Learning Community Meeting in Clearwater, Florida


Leadership Profile: Kysha from Franklin County, Kentucky


Location: Franklin County, KY
Number of Years in Foster Care: 4 Years
Interests: Singing, Songwriting, Writing, Reading, Sports, Cooking, Traveling, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Foster Care Advocacy

Definition of Leadership: My definition of leadership is to stand up when others choose to remain quite. To raise awareness on any situation, through any, and/all channels/forms of communication. To work alongside people/persons involved directly in the situation, those who have the desire to get involved, and the communities where the situations took/take place. To be the voice for those who are incapable/unable to provide their own voice by providing advocacy, the knowledge of programs, resources, and support groups; and the ability to access them.

Goals: My professional goals are to good back to college and become a Youth Corrections Officer, an Advocate Lawyer, a Criminal Defense/Prosecution Attorney, and a Counselor/Therapist. My community service goals are to continue hosting my support groups, continue to raise awareness of the cons of the foster care system, continue to advocate and fight for the changes that are duly long overdue and needed.

Please check back for more of Kysha’s Leadership interests.