Carolyn Olsen, Fostering Youth Independence (Santa Clarita, CA)
Carolyn serves as the Executive Director at Fostering Youth Independence (FYI). With a bachelor’s degree in business administration and over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Carolyn was introduced to the foster care system in 2016 when she became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Assigned to work with a 17-year-old foster youth, she quickly realized the unique challenges faced by youth transitioning to adulthood without parental support. As Carolyn began finding ways to help the young woman for whom she was advocating, she developed a passion to use what she was learning to help as many foster youth as possible. In 2017, Carolyn joined forces with her friends Gina Stevens and Stacey Anton, and the three founded FYI. Under Carolyn’s leadership, FYI has grown from an idea to a team of 6 staff and over 90 volunteers who have served 150 foster youth to date.