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Leyda Garcia

Leyda Garcia

Undergraduate Student Representative, 2017-2018

Leyda Garcia is a BSW student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Despite vacing many hardships during her childhood, including countless uprooting and six years in the foster care system, her resilience and perseverance has allowed her to blossom academically and professionally. Early on as a child under 10 years old, Leyda became the default caregiver in her family. She credits this backdrop for providing her the motivation to play an active role in her community as she advocates for herself and others with similar experiences. Leyda currently serves as board member for both OMNI Youth Services and the Illinois DCFS Youth Advisory Board. She’s a James Scholar and aims to study abroad to research other countries’ social work systems. Wanting to defy dismal statistics of post-foster care success outcomes, Leyda plans to focus her future professional work on child advocacy, trauma-based child therapy, and social justice.

UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 09-25-17

    Emotional Abuse and Self-Defense (Chicago)

  • 09-26-17

    Mindfulness in Group Settings (Chicago)

  • 09-27-17

    Better Not Bitter: Growing through Grief (Chicago)

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