About this Webinar
Alexis & Justin Black share their real-life story of beating the odds, having experienced trauma and growing-up in foster care. They will share how they managed to defy the odds, get healthy, and build a new life together.
In addition, they will offer innovative solutions, including focusing on how sharing ‘real-time data’ in care-planning can support better outcomes & increased systems collaborations from their unique lived-perspective.
This one-hour session will explore how using technology to support ‘real-time’ data sharing increasing positive outcomes. Opeeka’s Person-Centered Intelligence Solution (P-CIS) was created ensuring that everyone’s voice, especially those in care, were being actively heard throughout time in care. When young people share their experiences and perspectives on what makes a difference for them, they are more engaged in treatment process.
Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT
Solution-Focused Care Senior Scientist at Opeeka
Justin Black created the Rising Over Societal Expectations (ROSE) Empowerment Group with a vision to close the information gap for today’s generation of Black and Brown young adults after his experiences as a Black male in the foster care system. He has also developed policy recommendations while working with the National Black Child Development Institute resulting in a publication titled The State of the Black Child Report Card: Washington State.
Black studied urban and community development as well as a political and economic philosophy in countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, and South Korea. In his spare time, Justin loves watching sports and enjoys hot wings.
He aspires to challenge and expand the ideologies of how to build prosperous communities through interdependence and entrepreneurship.
Alexis Black is a proud foster care alumni. She founded The Scholarship Expert where she authored The Scholarship Blueprint book and workbook along with an online course to assist students in graduating from college debt-free. She is also a foster care advocate working for the National Youth and Transition Database Reviewer.
Alexis helps fundraise for programs supporting foster youth such as Hope Pkgs, the Seita Scholars program, and The Nsoro Foundation. She’s studied abroad eight times during her undergraduate career in countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea, and South Africa. She also co-developed two study abroad programs. Alexis aspires to be a positive example for foster youth.
Alexis loves to travel or sleep on her downtime.