Jessica came into the foster care system at the age of 15 after her parents discovered and disagreed with her sexual orientation. No longer permitted to live at home she lost interest in school and withdrew from life. It was a difficult time however, in grade 11 she decided to turn things around by studying diligently, breaking away from anything negative in her life, and starting to volunteer. These changes empowered Jessica with the abilities and the mentality to pursue post-secondary education. Now a graduate from the University of Waterloo – Renison University Campus with a degree in Social Development Studies (June 2013), and currently working towards her Bachelor of Social Work, Jessica is writing her own success story.Jessica is passionate about providing youth with similar backgrounds a better chance and as such, is involved in several initiatives to help support youth in care. Her message to youth in care is: “you are just as capable as others to achieve your dreams and goals”. Jessica has been acknowledged for her contributions as the recipient of the Social Action and Justice Kitchener Youth Action Award, the Kitchener Waterloo Record’s 40 Under 40 Award, and the Kitchener Waterloo Leading Woman Building Communities Award. Jessica’s long term goal is work with youth in LGTBQ community.