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Raven Profit spent time in New York’s foster care system.
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 and spent the next two years working hard. “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 early enough was a challenge. As a sophomore Raven got involved in gymnastics and competed in statewide gymnastics individual championships. She was also placed in advanced-placement science classes and selected to participate in multiple science fairs where she constructed human heart models out of clay and experimented with acids and bases. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Raven became one of the founders of the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students, SUNY Albany chapter. She is now a graduate of 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 was 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, NYTD Reviewer and CFSR Reviewer with JBS International Inc.
She enjoys giving back to the community with her Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and mentoring youth aging out of foster care by way of her virtual mentoring program for at-risk youth Called, Gen Z Mentoring Program.
“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 thieir 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.