Staffer Jessica Urias shares her story at State of Our Children Summit

April 25, 2017 
Fifteen homes in eight years. That’s the early story of Jessica Urias, receptionist at the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Jessica was asked to tell her story at the State of Our Children Summit held April 25 in San Antonio. The summit, hosted by Child Protective Services, addressed issues of child abuse and neglect in the community.

“My mother was an alcoholic, very abusive, and unstable,” said Jessica, 23.  But Jessica added that her early life does not define who she is or what she can accomplish when given the opportunity. Her message at the Summit was one of empowerment, determination and success.
 
“I am the next CEO of a nonprofit. I am whoever I want to be. Sometimes we feel limited because of what we were given, but I don’t look at that,” she said.
 
Jessica was also asked to share her story recently to 200 foster care teens at the Mi Familia Teen Parent Conference held at the Northside Activity Center in San Antonio. The event, now in its 10th year is a partnership between Child Protective Services, the Bexar County School Age Parenting Coalition, and local school districts. The purpose is to give inspiration and support to teens in the foster system and provide guidance to foster teens who are grappling with the daunting challenge of raising children.
 
Click here for a snippet of the Mi Familia speech. 

Click here for KENS5 news story. 



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