Ep. 26 Redefining Normal with Justin Black

I am honored to have a real changemaker on the show today. Justin Black and his wife Alexis have built a powerhouse movement helping youth and adults alike move past their childhood experiences and trauma to build a better future and life they deserve. It is my pleasure to amplify their story in my chat with Justin this week. 

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.

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