Meet Maraide! She is from Costa Mesa, CA and loves being outdoors, either hiking or swimming in the ocean. She is currently studying Political Science and Film at UCLA. A college education was her dream while growing up in foster care, and she is very proud to be graduating in June 2020. A highlight in Maraide’s career is working on the film Instant Family, in which she was able to combine her past experiences in foster care with her current interest in film production. The process helped Maraide realize her passion for removing the stereotypes associated with kids that grew up in the foster care system. She hopes to use this platform to remind youth in foster care of their resilience and potential. In the future, Maraide is excited to work for a nonprofit supporting current and former foster youth and as a director’s assistant.