Former foster youth and current USC graduate student, Lazarus wrote, directed and performed this powerful music video chronicling his journey from abuse and neglect to joy and advocacy. He teams up with music producer, Blackcloud to set his personal rap to a compelling score. His powerful message will stay with you long after the piece has ended.

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Lazarus grew up in the foster care system. At the age of 10, he was adopted into a large family with few resources. Yet despite the many difficulties in his home life, Lazarus continued to believe in himself and that his situation would change for the better. It sure did. Lazarus graduated high school, completed a B.S. in Public Relations from Baldwin-Wallace College and is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) at University of Southern California (USC). He works full time in property management as a Licensed Service Technician. He also volunteers as a Youth Advocate with the National Foster Youth Institute (N.F.Y.I.) in Los Angeles.

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Watch Lazarus’s compelling music video about his personal journey from neglect to self-empowerment at: ToFosterChange.org/Youth-Voices