Chrystal Inmann – When Chrystal was 13 years old she entered the foster care system. During her time in care things were not ideal, she moved several times and didn’t have the kind of support a young person should have. Chrystal wants to be involved in this work so other young people can have a different and better experience than she had. Chrystal first began attending YLAT as a way to get of her house for a few hours when she was 14 years old and living in a group home. Over time, YLAT became much more to Chrystal and even now that her life is in a better place, she still wouldn’t want to miss out on a meeting. Currently, Chrystal spends most of her time working at Hannaford, where she is striving to move up in the company. She also received her CNA certificate this past spring. In the future, Chrystal hopes to go back to school to earn a college degree. She would also like to continue her work both locally and nationally to benefit Maine’s Child Welfare System.
Huyanna Clearwater – Huyanna spent most of her life in and out of the Child Welfare system here in Maine. Huyanna is a Native American and struggled while in foster care to keep her cultural connections. This experience drives her passion and commitment to improving the Child Welfare System for native and non-native youth in the state and the nation. Eleven years ago a friend told Huyanna that she worked with a local group of youth who improved the foster care system and Huyanna has been a leader in YLAT ever since. Currently, Huyanna is attending college at UMA-Bangor and majoring in Social Science with a focus in Psychology. Huyanna’s hope is to one day work for the National Indian Child Welfare Association.