Chanel Smith

Position: (she/her/hers)

I am Chanel Smith and I am a Youth Action Researcher with YouthNPower.

Why is this project important to you?
With my lived experience and passion for creating drastic change within Child Welfare, I’m motivated to be here, and being able to provide my insight and work on the direct cash transfer pilot project is significant for me. Also, knowing what we are doing is contributing to the bigger picture, and creating this form of support ensures a new path of support for young people transitioning out of care.

What do you hope to accomplish in this project?
My biggest hope is to decrease the disadvantages that constantly recur for young adults in care, aging out and those who have already aged out. I want the impact of the YouthNPower project to be an experience that changes the lives of young adults positively.

What have been some of your experiences in the project?
Channeling my past experiences with my team made me feel exposed. However, knowing at any time when you are talking about or referring to your trauma and feel vulnerable, I remember and remind myself when sharing that you do not have a single story. These are chapters of your blossoming journey that only you could have gone through. You got this far, so know, you already won.

What are your hopes and dreams for other young people?
I dream of seeing all young people coming out of care winning. I hope these individuals continuously believe that they can do anything they put their minds to, and those desires are tangible. Remain focused and disciplined, and know the world is a better place with you here.

Chanel’s Favorite Things:
Author: William Shakespeare
Color: pink/brown and red/green
Current Favorite Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%!
Flower: Sunflowers & Roses
Hobby: Creative Artist
Zodiac: Taurus