Jordan Williams grew up in British Columbia’s foster care system, and she’s talking about it.
The 19-year-old Victoria teen is the host of a new podcast called the “The Kid Advocate,” which is hosted on B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth website.
“I have a story to tell and I want to just inspire other youth to tell theirs too,” says Williams, who has put out eight episodes of the podcast about her experiences growing up in, and aging out of, B.C.’s foster care system.
Williams, a member of the office’s social media youth team, says the idea for her podcast was sparked by a co-worker.
“I started off doing graphics and then after my first podcast script I just kept going along with it,” says Jordan.
“And still going on with it, we kind of created a series too where I tell my actual story instead of just all my thoughts.”
Williams says her time in care was difficult.
“At a very young age I learned how to keep to myself and be quiet. It felt like everyone else had power and I kept it all inside, so my podcast kind of gets it all out,” she explains. “All of these ideas and all of these things that I have kept in for years, I am able to get out.”
She hopes her podcast will help others who are in care.
“Hopefully my experience can inspire others to talk about their own,” she says.
“You don’t need to be silent everyone has a voice.”
Read about and listen to The Kid Advocate podcast here.