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"Your truth shouldn't hide you awayuse it to speak up, empower others,stand tall, and knowyou are stronger than you know"-Shelby Barfield

Shelby created this organization to help young women and girls in foster care know they are not alone. ​ As a child she was placed in the foster care system and later got emancipated at the age of 16. She has overcome many obstacles to be where she is today. Like many girls aging out of foster care she become a young mother, survived an abusive relationship, and navigated through difficult challenges with hope to someday inspire other girls like herself.   Her passion to help others motivated her to change her life to empower others. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, served in the United States Army, and is a survivor of domestic abuse. She hopes her passion, experience, and dedication will impact each member. Encouraging them to  courageous, confident, and connected.



Shelby is one of four children. During her childhood she faced many difficulties. Though both parents had the best intentions the home was not a healthy place. DCF began coming into the home at the age of 6. When she was 13 she was removed and placed in Foster care.  At 16 she became an emancipated youth. 



Once she was emancipated she dropped out of highschool. Began living on her own, working, and studying for her GED. Shortly after turning 17 she earned her GED. Becoming a young mom at 18 she focused on work rather then school. After many years she joined the military, started college, and has earned her Bachelor's in Human Services. 



Building a family always seemed like a dream. From beginning her motherhood overcoming an abusive relationship to having a supportive and loving family. Now a wife and mother to four she hopes her story can empower others to keep pushing and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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