Mariama Toe-Freeland has been connected to youth and foster care advocacy for over ten years. She was introduced to advocacy through attending Youth Power events. Returning home, she became a Youth Power board member under Stephanie Orlando’s leadership, using her love for creativity to serve on the special events work. Mariama planned Youth Power local and statewide events. Mariama has attended many rallies, speak-outs, and conferences to amplify youth voices and help change policies to better support youth and young adults. Mariama has pursued her degree in Human service and a minor in Political Science at Monroe College and Buffalo State. Mariama has always been passionate about supporting youth who need support in amplifying their voices.