Meet Irene, a Guardian Scholar Alumus! She entered foster care at age 14, after experiencing sexual abuse for 7 years. Removed from her home and separated from her siblings, she arrived at the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center, where she began journaling to cope with her emotions and stress. Despite hardships, Irene remained motivated and dedicated to creating a future she’d be proud of.
In high school, she excelled in the speech and debate team, winning several competitions and living abroad with a royal family in France. She also studied abroad in Switzerland and Brazil. With Promises2Kids’ support, Irene graduated from UCSD, with a bachelor’s degree in Dance. Thanks to the financial assistance, she was able to focus on her educational pursuits. Irene had a wonderful relationship with her coordinator, Stephanie Ortega, who is now our COO. Irene appreciated Stephanie’s guidance and support, helping her make decisions that impacted her life positively. After graduation, Irene continued to dance professionally, and was part of a Brazilian dance company.
Today, Irene is an amazing wife and mom of four. She owns a thriving business, creating gratitude, wellness, and goal setting journals sold in large retail stores! Irene is also starting her own nonprofit to support foster youth.
Irene’s message to foster youth is to, “If possible, receive therapy, surround yourself around people who are rooting for you, and always set and track your goals.”
If you’re interested in purchasing your own journal or donating one to a foster youth, click the link in @Ireneekdahl’s bio!
Our work is only possible because of our incredible supporters. Thanks to people like you, Guardian Scholars like Irene can make their dreams come true.