“For children that have gone through tough times, when they look up, they’re just looking for somebody to look back at them with no judgement. To say: “I hear you. I see you.” – Gigi Edwards Bryant
There are few people who inspire me the way Gigi Edwards Bryant does.
Having entered the foster care system at age 6, and staying there until age 18, she has one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever heard. And y’all…seriously, I’m telling you, you. Will. LOVE. Her.
Gigi Edwards Bryant is a wife, mother, elected official, keynote speaker, business owner, and community volunteer. She’s one impressive woman!
Bryant serves her community through organizations that address issues that create measurable, life enhancing goals and demonstrates opportunities through education, drug and alcohol abuse recovery and children in the nation’s foster care system.
She’s also the founder of The Write To Me Foundation, which was established to provide rite of passage experiences to youth who have lived in the foster care system.
Children in the foster care system often are overlooked in celebrations that are personal and individual. Events such as birthdays, sporting events, outings and holidays are passed over in transition. They are especially overlooked in short-term stays, group homes, foster homes, and those having medical challenges.
I could go on and on about the pearls of wisdom Gigi gave me during this conversation, and I hope you enjoy listening to her as much as I did! Thank you so much, Gigi, for sharing your time with me, I am honored to know you.
We hope you enjoy this episode of I Am Enough!
In the episode, she shares:
- What it was like as a child, being raised in the foster care system.
- How she put herself through college, earned multiple degrees, launched a business, and raised a beautiful family.
- How she created a foundation for foster children, providing for them – among other things – pens and paper for journaling, and dresses for prom.
- How we can ALL honor Black families and ensure their children are given the exact same opportunities as every other child, for a vibrant, wonderful future.
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