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Johna Rivers

Johna Rivers is a 26-year-old, former LA County foster youth who co-founded Real To Reel Global Youth FilmFestival. Johna Rivers grew up in Watts, CA in the Jordan Downs Housing Projects. Placed in the foster care system at age 9, Johna began to experience abuse and neglect. By age 15, Johna started sharing her story to empower her peers. Johna now advocates for child welfare reform with a variety of community partners and politicians in Los Angeles and across the nation. Growing up in the projects, and being sexually abused in foster care, Johna Rivers never allowed her trauma to define her life!!!!