Braid Mission


The Me I Once Was

By Nathanael Matanick

Jojo spent ten years in Californiaā€™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.”