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Meet Ángela Quijada-Banks of Soulful Liberation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ángela Quijada-Banks.

Ángela Quijada-Banks is an American author, spoken word artist, activist and purpose coach. In 2016, she began publicly advocating locally and nationally for young people in foster care is right, interdependence and overall revolution of the foster care system. In the spring of 2017, she worked alongside senator to Tamara Barringer to pass house bill 630: Rylan’s law, Family/ Child Protection & Accountability act. By the summer of 2017, she was selected out of 300+ applicants from all over the country to co-lead a group of over 100 young people and stormed the streets of Washington, DC. Together, meeting congressional members from their home district and coining the hashtag, #fosteryouthvoices.

In 2018, she met with federal and state stakeholders to continue speaking at events in collaboration with organizations such as Casey Family programs and individuals such as Jerry Milner while on the National Policy Council. In 2019, she collaborated with several organizations to support young people of color and those in foster care in their transition through photography, music and poetry. In the beginning of 2020, she supported young people during the DAY at the capitol in Sacramento, CA speaking to over six different congressional members about how holistic stability is imperative for young people in foster care…

Now, she has created the BLACK FOSTER YOUTH HANDBOOK to help young people successfully AGE-OUT of foster care and beat these, as well as other statistics placed upon them. This handbook is also to support the work being done by their supportive adults (CASAS, Foster/ Resource Parents/ therapists and other organizations, etc.) to ensure the holistic wellbeing and HEALING of young people to grow into productive, HEALED & successful members of society. 💙 Her mission is to empower as many people as possible to uncover their divine purpose, unapologetically evolve, holistically heal and reach a state of soulful liberation. ✨

Has it been a smooth road?
My life has been challenging from the start with a history of poverty, foster care, domestic violence and much more… but I am moving past those barriers and stepping into my next season of life! Moving my pain to power and purpose!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Ángela Quijada-Banks is an American author, purpose coach and spoken word artist. She is the founder of the Soulful Liberation podcast, where she aims to empower foster youth by day and break generational curses by night. Through her everyday work with helping young people uncover their divine purpose, performing spoken word events, her books and political advisory to legislators across the nation, she aims to aid in revolutionary change in holistic health, economic injustices, child-welfare disparities, cultural competency and identity within low-wealth communities of color both on a micro and macro level.

In her most recent book, The Black Foster Youth Handbook she sheds light on a taboo topic through her own personal experience highlighting 50+ lessons she learned in order to support young people’s journey and equip them with necessary tools to successfully age-out of foster care and holistically heal. Since the age of three years old, when she was first introduced to swing dancing she has always come back to it even in the most unstable of circumstances. To this day, Ángela is still open to learning new things that excite her including Kung Fu and drumming. Between her day to day adventures, Ángela enjoys traveling the world and adrenaline rushes at amusement parks with her husband, Michael. She is lovingly called a “graceful powerhouse” by all who know her, as she lives by the quote, “ If not me, then who? If not now, then when?”

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see my coaching business exploding internationally in purpose coaching!

I see my publishing company reaching millions in ten years!

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