Embraia Fraizer

Position: (she/her/hers)

Hello, my name is Embraia Fraizer. I am a Youth Action Researcher for this amazing project! I am an ambitious multi-talented young adult who is driven by successful community impact, youth and peer development, and walking in God-given purpose. Not only do I desire to inspire and motivate others to be the best version of themselves, I believe there are people who are waiting for you to activate the gift on the inside so that they may also be free! Unleash your story so you can be a part of the change you want to see!

Why is this project important to you?
This project is important to me because we don’t talk enough about the financial safety net being removed when you age out of foster care. Alongside transitioning to a new chapter of life including a new environment, new and additional bills and maintenance of your lifestyle, the last thing a young adult should be worried about is trying to figure out which necessities they can go without because of lack of finances. Financial freedom is a gift everyone should experience. With this project some in the direct cash transfer pilot will have the opportunity to not only enjoy this transition but have space to get what they need and want.

What do you hope to accomplish in this project?
My sense of accomplishment pertaining to this project would come from knowing that we would be able to add more than 100 young adults to experience this project as part of the direct cash transfer pilot, as well as pave a way for more pilot programs such as this one to arise. No one knows our needs more than us: NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US!

What have been some of your experiences in the project?
My experiences have been full of awakening and self discovery! I was a panelist representing our entire project at a national conference for faith leaders and youth advocacy in 2022. Not only did I discover my love for public speaking, I learned I have a huge passion for social justice and youth activism as well as personal development. I have experienced what it means to start something from the very beginning and witnessing the dedication, hard work and persistence of others, which proves that the work we do is essential. Every experience has been filled with strong emotion, great lifelong connections, love, grace, and gratitude!

What are your hopes and dreams for other young people?
My personal hope for other young people is that they come into awareness of knowing that where they are now is not what defines them; it is a strength to struggle and persevere! We are the change the world is waiting for! We are the voices that speak life into the younger version of ourselves! We are leading ourselves to be the healed, whole, and impactful versions of ourselves! We are more than our circumstances, and more than anything, I need them to know there are others waiting on your story so live it gracefully!

Embraia’s Favorite Things:

Color: Blue
Hobbies: Worshiping (Singing), Game planning
Future Careers: Entrepreneur / Council Member / Youth Activist
Vacation Destinations: Jamaica / Maldives / Brazil
Drink: Caramel Macchiato double shot espresso and WATER
Season: Warm Fall