Name: Domenia Dickey
College: Palm Beach Atlantic University
Majors: Psychology Minor: Ministry
Born in New Haven, Connecticut. I have been a ward of the Connecticut’s Department of Children’s and Families for 13 years. I am a transfer student transferring from a Connecticut Community College to Palm Beach Atlantic University. I desire to earn a PhD concentrating in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology. I have found a great interest in politics, government, and ministry (Christian). My life is dedicated speaking and advocating for youth in foster care; encouraging hearts and spiritually helping people live the best life they can. I now want to attend law school, and pursue a Master’s degree in Child Development Psychology, and a Law of jurisdiction degree in either US Government or International Law I “love” policy. I enjoy reading it, and reviewing it. I enjoy research in hopes for creating effective policy for youth aging out of foster care. I hope to become a youth pastor/international Christian speaker as well.
I consider myself to be a success story. I want to work on policy across the USA, from the small state of Rhode Island to California, Alaska, Texas etc. I want to study, and learn from foster care systems all over the world. I would love to raise a family in Europe. I am a 2010 Horatio Alger National Scholar, and a Casey 2012-2014 Foster Care to Success Scholar.
I am a confident speaker and have acquired much of my knowledge from studying, personal experiences, and research. Every child in foster should have access to mental health/health insurance. Foster care youth should be given the resources and have acquired a increased amount of support, emotionally, physically, educationally and professionally. I emphasize on strong leadership, effective and efficient communication and representation. I consider myself to be honest, direct, passionate, assertive, authoritative, self motivated, funny, strong willed, and diligent. I value integrity, commitment, honesty, compassion and intellect. I am also spiritually in-tuned.
I am a builder, rational, thinker, introvert, spiritual and unique. I am likable and approachable. I love to listen and too write. I am serious, and 100% committed. I have a goal, I know my target, my gift, and the mission that God has placed in my heart and to spread his love and word cross cultures.
I have been to conferences in 6 different states regarding foster care policies. I admire over-comers such as Pastor Paula White, Jacquitta Fergurson, Giselle Sabido,Yolanda Adams, Alice Walker, Cece Winans, Pastor Micheal Williams, Jill Cretella, Gerry Zarra, Nakia Tapley, Monica Martin,Tenille Johnson, Dr. Sheryl White Barnes, Pastor Linda DeAngelo, Leslie Schillo and Janice Smith
To be rich is not a dream of mine. I don’t want 5 houses or 5 cars; I want to travel as a Christian and encourage youth esp. in urban communities. I want this generation of youth to take over, and advance the kingdom of Christ through love, peace, hard work, and perseverance. Not religion or political ideology. Also to help kids to believe in their selves and what they can do. They are not limited because the world is open to them.
Before I die, I want to be the Commissioner of the Connecticut’s Department of Children’s and Families. It’s all about youth, homeless, foster care and giving them a future. Making a future realistic! I am a Christian, strong in my faith. I may have a future in politics. I love Hilary Clinton (strong woman) Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren. I’m only 24. The world is open! I wanna fight the good fight and make a large impact nationally and internationally, representing children, foster care youth, college student, low income families, and much more.
Philippians 4:13.”I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthen me.”