Keiara Wilson, born and raised in the inner city of Buffalo, New York, graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA degree in psychology and a minor in business administration. She is currently pursuing master’s degrees in business administration and social work from the University at Buffalo and anticipates graduating in 2020.
Throughout Keiara’s undergraduate career, she found a passion in giving back to the community through her volunteer work with local organizations such as Say Yes to Education, Sisters of Charity Hospital, the Salvation Army and numerous events on UB’s campus. Keiara’s passion led her to an internship in corporate and community relations at BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, where she was the brand ambassador at more than 40 community events.
Keiara’s career interests include child and family welfare, equality, and poverty. In Western New York, child welfare has a substantial impact on the future of the economy. In recent studies, about 23% of children in the region are living in poverty, which affects graduation, health, employment rates and economic sustainability. Making a better life for children will support a better community and an even brighter future for under-represented and underprivileged individuals. Keiara’s mission is to provide foster children with access to opportunities, information, resources, and support through each milestone and stage of their life. Attending law school after her social work and business administration degrees will provide Keiara with the expertise to establish a law firm focused on child advocacy, specifically relating to foster care and adoption agencies. Each year, Erie County has one of the highest rates of children entering foster care in all of New York. Childhood poverty creates a devastating cycle which few children without substantial services can break. With the support from the WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program, Keiara, will impact the lives of children in Western New York. The program’s investment in Keiara will be a direct investment in our community’s children.