Finding My Voice: Empowerment Through First Star

When I first became a part of First Star, I never imagined that I would discover the power of my own voice.

“This incredible charity,” dedicated to supporting foster children, not only fought on my behalf but also taught me about my rights as a foster child. Through exposure to various experiences and educational opportunities, First Star empowered me to become an advocate for myself and others.

Guardian Scholars with Peter Samuelson, Lorna, Samantha and The mayor of Brighton and Hove Councillor Alan Robins

As a foster child, I was often unaware of my rights and the resources available to me. First Star changed that by providing me with crucial knowledge about my rights as a foster child. They organised sessions where experts in the field came in and spoke to us, enlightening us about our rights and empowering us with the tools to navigate the challenges we might face.

First Star went beyond just providing information. They actively promote a culture of advocacy and taught me the importance of standing up for myself and others. By exposing me to different experiences such as giving me a seat on the board of trustees. This invaluable opportunity allowed me to actively participate in decision-making process and express my needs. Being a part of the board empowered me to share my perspectives, offer insights, and advocate for the rights and well-being of my fellow scholars.

Looking back, I am grateful for the support and guidance that First Star provided. They believed in me when I struggled to believe in myself. They showed me that I was not defined by my circumstances, but rather by my resilience and determination. Through First Star, I found my voice, and I am committed to using it to empower others who may have experienced similar challenges.

This transformative experience reinforced my belief in the power of advocacy and the impact it can have on creating positive change. Inspired by the lessons learned, I have chosen to study politics and international relations at the University of Brighton.