Congratulations to Cieria Rodriguez-Toney for being chosen by FosterClub
to be recognized as a 2011 Outstanding Young Leader.
Prior to being elected as the Ohio YAB's first female President, Cieria served as Vice President for two years.
- Co-presenting a workshop for Lorain County foster youth on how to build and maintain foster care youth/alumni communities
- Co-presenting a workshop for Stark County youth on navigating relationships with biological parents
During her time in foster care, Cieria felt disconnected from her Hispanic heritage. As a young adult, Cieria is currently advocating for opportunities for Ohio foster care youth to reconnect with their culture during their time in foster care. Particularly, she would like to see the Columbus International Festival offer a youth track, at cost to the public but free of charge to foster youth.
Cieria is an articulate advocate, skilled at diplomacy and very reliable. She exemplifies the type of vision and determination that young people need to succeed. And... she is also a wonderful mother: