Abuse and Homelessness Survivor, Youth Advocate, and Author of CinderGirl
Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1:00 p.m. | CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope
Christina Meredith survived sexual, mental, and emotional abuse, incest, trauma, aging out of foster care, poverty, and homelessness to forge a life committed to helping others. Through strong faith, hard work, and creativity she went on to become Miss California, graduate college, founded her own nonprofit foundation and turned her enlistment into a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. As told in her best-selling book, “CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope” (now under development to become a major motion picture), Christina’s story celebrates the transformative power of dreams and the potential within all of us to triumph over adversity.
Graduating from high school with nowhere to turn, Christina spent more than a year homeless and living in her car after aging out of foster care. Eager for a fresh start, Christina moved out to California where she took a series of odd jobs, eventually catching the eye of a pageant recruiter who suggested she compete in the Miss California pageant. In April of 2013, Christina won the title of Ms. California and has since dedicated herself to speaking out on behalf of abused children all over the country.
“My entire story is about hope, faith, hard work, achieving the dream and the purpose that you have been given in this life, and not allowing things to deter you, because circumstances change,” she says. “With hard work and a little faith, you can make them change.”