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Luke Rodgers

Luke Rodgers

Founder and Director, Foster Focus

At age 17, Luke met a foster family who was willing to give him the attention and respect he deserved as he navigated the transition to living independently. Seeing his potential, Luke’s foster mom invited him to speak publicly about his experience in the system. He agreed and was overwhelmed by how his story touched others. It was the start of an incredible journey of reframing his experiences in a positive way.

Today, at age 26, Luke is a 2015 Laureate Global Fellow, and recently named Entrepreneur of Excellence by the National Diversity Awards. As Luke found his niche in public speaking, he gained confidence: “I realized that spending my childhood between 11 primary schools and 13 foster placements gave me the ability to speak to anyone at any time.”

Luke discovered that, through this talent, he had the ability to alter the course for other children in care. “I understood a lot from a young age about a broken system,” says Luke. “I pledged to myself that I would dedicate my career to finding ways to give young people better and more positive outcomes.” However, he quickly realized that in order to pursue this dream, he’d need to forge a path that didn’t exist yet.

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