Smith Renaissance Society

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21761510_1719242668140509_7134149134421266908_nOn Wednesday, October 11, 2017, former President of the Smith Renaissance Society, Shawn Cervantes came into the KZSC Radio Station to talk about the organization and the current exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History “Lost Childhoods,” about California foster youth, and an opportunity to spend time with the creators of this powerful exhibit, including current and former foster youth, Smith Society students, and artists and advocates. Shawn brought with her a former Smith Fellow, Bonnie Bea, and current “Smithie”, Jack.

The mission of the Smith Renaissance Society is to create a cross-generational community that provides academic, personal, social and financial support to UCSC students who lack the traditional family support afforded to most of their peers. Typically, these students have multiple adverse childhood experiences including, but not limited to, neglect, abuse, abandonment, or homelessness. Students may identify as being current or former foster youth, wards of the court, runaways, orphans, children of incarcerated parents, or children of parents with severe mental illness.

To hear our interview, please click on the play button below:

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