For Emaryne, foster care wasn’t a negative experience; in fact, it saved her. In this powerful piece, she shares how her foster care experience taught her what it means to be loved, and how it ignited her determination, self-discipline and passion for running track. “Foster Care Was Like Track” is one of the films in the Youth Voices Video Project, a collection of foster youth-produced films from PBS SoCal’s To Foster Change.
Emaryne was in and out of foster care from the age of five. She graduated from high school, then moved on to Indiana Institute of Technology where she became a six-time All American track star, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in business management. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Cal State Dominguez Hills, while working as a behavior therapist for kids with mental and behavioral problems. Emaryne volunteers at for Peace4Kids, an organization that serves youth ages 6 to 21.