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Raven Profit entered the system after her mom was diagnosed with a mental illness. Like many youth who enter the system she had to learn, independently, how to not let her personal issues get in the way of her goals, like finishing school and going to college.
She ended her sophomore year of high school with a gpa of 56 due to housing instabilities and being placed into foster care.
She spent the next two years working hard to catch up. “I had to leave my foster home at 4:30 a.m. to get to school on time and it made me realize what the product of determination could be.” From living in a foster home with bolt locks on the fridge, to commuting for hours just to make it to school on time was a challenge.
As a sophomore Raven played two instruments (the violin and the piano) and also tried out for the school’s gymnastics team and competed in statewide individual championships, throughout her junior and senior year. She was also placed in AP classes, enrolled in college-level courses and was selected to participate in science fairs where she constructed human heart models made of clay and experimented with acids and bases. Raven went on to receive a Bachelors Degree from the University at Albany and is currently attending Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“I knew that every challenge was conquerable,” says Raven. “Determination, surrounding myself with the right people, establishing a strong support system and realizing that I have the potential to achieve anything I put my mind to, is the key.”
In addition to working for NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Raven works as a Young Adult Consultant with ICF International Inc. and is also a NYTD Support Coach and CFSR Reviewer with JBS International Inc.
She enjoys giving back to the community and mentoring youth aging out of foster care by way of her non-profit 501C3 organization, Gen Z Online Mentoring Program. A virtual mentoring program for youth transitioning out of the foster care system.
“In my opinion young people who survive the foster care system have demonstrated that they have the ability to overcome extraordinary circumstances. If provided the resources and support to attend their dream college — even a top college if accepted — they will succeed. I am living proof. “
She has been highlighted by UAlbany World of Difference, New York Daily News, Children’s Rights Magazine and CNN News.