Braid Mission


The Me I Once Was

By Nathanael Matanick

Jojo spent ten years in California’s foster care system, eventually aging out. Defying the odds, she went on to attend college and become an advocate for other children who, like herself, find themselves in a bureaucratic system. She currently works helping foster youth successfully transition out of the foster care system.

“If only I could speak to the younger me/
if only I could give her a glimpse at who she would be/
I would say to that angry little self/
Out of this chaos comes priceless beauty.”