Danielle Martin was a new Partnership for HOPE scholar in 2016. Her path toward becoming a PFH scholar took many detours before Danielle was able to find stability in her life and in her education. Growing up in foster care and moving house to house, school to school was not conducive to educational success and focus. Now as a young adult, Danielle has taken control of her own life. She lives in a stable home at Terracina Apartments in Los Angeles and is on track to graduate with her AA degree in psychology this coming June.
For every roadblock that life threw at her, Danielle responded with a double dose of determination and resilience. Danielle has taken her own struggles and used them as motivation to empower other young women to aim for their personal goals as well. Danielle founded an organization geared toward girls in foster care and organizes an annual conference to focus on positivity and empowerment.
Danielle, herself, uses her artistic talents to share spoken word poetry with a positive message. She has traveled to the State Capitol with California Youth Connection (CYC), a youth led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative, policy, and practice change.
The Partnership for HOPE award that Danielle received in Fall 2016 was a catalyst for her future academic success. After Danielle graduates with her AA degree she has plans to enter UCLA and earn a Master’s in Social Work degree in pursuit of a career as a child therapist. Danielle knows what it’s like to be that kid without a home or the student who never starts and end a grade in the same school. Now with help from Partnership for HOPE Danielle is on the path to bring HOPE to more students just like herself.