Victoria ShulerYouth Advisory Member (non-voting)
Victoria Black, “Tori,” is a former foster youth and the current youth advisory member of the OCR Board. Tori entered foster care at the age of three and was in and out of care in several states until she emancipated from the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in 2007. Since that time, Tori has been an advocate for foster care reform and the protection of rights for foster children. In 2012, Tori graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with her Bachelor’s degree in History and an emphasis on women’s history and the history of social movements.
Tori currently works at Mile High United Way for Bridging the Gap, a program which helps foster youth bridge the gap between foster care and adult self-sufficiency. Tori is also a member of the Colorado chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America and she sits on the board for Clothes to Kids of Denver. In 2012, Tori received an Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Human Services for her work on a youth leadership board. In addition to these projects, Tori works as a mentor to former foster youth, she volunteers her time by reading to a third grade student each week, she assists in teaching foster parent training classes, and she sits on a question and answer panel for prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Tori is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada but she has also lived in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Tori’s hobbies include cake decorating, baking, and spending time with her three dogs. Tori is an advocate for social change and system reform and, ultimately, she believes the foster care system can save lives, like it did her own.