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Fostering Change Podcast | Episode 213 | Emi Nietfeld

May 28, 2024

Fostering Change Podcast | Episode 213 | Emi Nietfeld

Fostering Change Podcast | A journey through foster care and homelessness with Emi Nietfeld

Welcome to the final episode of Fostering Change for National Foster Care Awareness Month. We hope that you have done something meaningful to help our youth, the amazon people who work in social services, our teachers… and yourself. This is the month they “give us,” but as Rob often shares “when you invest in a child, you invest in YOUR future… because they are the leaders of tomorrow.”

We end this month with a very special guest: Emi Nietfeld. Emi is the author of an amazing book that we highly recommend you go and purchase right now: Acceptance. In her memoir, Emi shares how she did something that only 3% of youth in foster care do: she went to college. And not just any college, but Harvard!

As a homeless teenager writing college essays in her rusty Toyota Corolla, Emi Nietfeld was convinced that the Ivy League was the only escape from her dysfunctional childhood. But upward mobility required crafting the perfect resilience narrative. She had to prove that she was an “overcomer,” made stronger by all that she had endured.

In her interview with Rob, Emi shares the life lessons she’s learned, particularly of challenging our ideas of what it means to overcome – and find contentment on your own terms.


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