Former foster youth Ruben Ochoa shares his story in honor of National Foster Care Awareness Month.
Jeannine Balfour leads implementation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s foster youth initiative. Previously, she served for five years as Program Officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the McKnight Foundation in the Children and Families program where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio including Homeless and Runaway Youth, Fatherhood, Family Economic Success, Out of School Time and Multiservice. Balfour also worked as Associate Community Liaison at the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota where she helped develop and implement urban and regional community partnerships to reduce poverty. She spent several years as the HIV Prevention Coordinator for the Louisiana Office of Public Health HIV/AIDS Program in New Orleans, Louisiana; she was program manager for Population Services International of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and English language instructor in Banjul, The Gambia. She received her Master in International Public Health from Tulane University.