Hi, my name is Sashauni Johnson and I am an Independent Living Specialist at CHOICES, Inc. My role is to teach youth the skills necessary to live successful lives as adults. According to the Casey Family Programs, about 25,000 youth between the ages of 18 to 21 are emancipated each year. Of those youth, approximately 25% experiences homelessness within 2 to 4 years following emancipation. Foster youth aging out of foster care are 14 times more likely not to complete college than the general population and twice as likely not to have a high school diploma or GED in comparison to their peers. My job as an Independent Living Specialist is to disrupt the pattern so that these statistics do not become these youths’ reality.