Roshawn’s tattoos tell her life story – from foster care to homelessness to employment and permanent housing. In this poignant piece, she talks about how most people have pictures to chart their memories – she doesn’t have many pictures, so her tattoos are her reminders. Roshawn’s film is part of the Youth Voices Video Project, a collection of foster youth-produced films from PBS SoCal’s To Foster Change.
Roshawn was born in and raised by the Los Angeles County foster care system, spending her early years in kinship care. At the age of 13, Roshawn entered the juvenile delinquency system and became homeless at the age of 18. At 19, Roshawn found Hathaway-Sycamores, a transitional housing program, and began to grow through life instead of merely going through life. Roshawn then found a job, enrolled in Pasadena City College, worked with a therapist, saved money, and built excellent relationships with those around her. After graduating from Hathaway, Roshawn found permanent housing through another life-changing transitional housing program and is currently a full-time student at Cal State LA.