on foster care issues:

Daring to Dream

FC2S Staff | June 11th, 2012

Tremale J. Berger was born in 1986 in Torrance, California. He became a foster child when he was less than 6 months old, and was circulated through multiple homes before arriving at a stable housing situation at the age of two. He was extremely fortunate to have been placed with a foster mother who treated him as her own and pushed him to the limits so that he could be someone in life. As Tremale puts it, she never let him subscribe to debilitating notions of victimhood, demanded excellence from him and encouraged him to dream. In May of 2008, with the help of FC2S, Tremale graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture. His dreams didn’t end there, however.

Tremale realized that he had a gift for motivational public speaking after delivering his first speech at a 2008 graduation ceremony at Walt Disney Concert Hall – an event to celebrate the accomplishments of former foster youth on their way to college. After receiving nothing but amazing feedback for his speaking skills, Tremale is now pursuing motivational speaking full-time. Check out Tremale (above) on the power of imagination and daring to dream, as he answers questions like: “Why do we try so hard to fight in life, to achieve a dream?” and how can we use confidence and discipline to overcome temporary setbacks and move forward in life?

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