Allison DiGioia — Advocate
Allison joined the Foundation in May, 2018 as the Engagement Manager. In 2019, she began a new role as an Advocate. She has worked with at risk youth since college, the majority of which were in the foster care system. Allison majored in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in Education at the University of Florida. Go Gators!
Allison has enjoyed volunteering with various nonprofit organizations since middle school, but truly put this passion to work after graduating from UF when she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of North Central Florida. Allison began her work as a Dependency Case Manager in Seminole County, FL in 2013 with Children’s Home Society, and became a Certified Child Welfare Worker. Allison was promoted to Independent Living Specialist in 2014 where she helped foster youth between the ages of 16-23 work toward successful independence. She has specialized in helping youth graduate from high school, apply for college, obtain their own housing, and transition into becoming successful adults. Allison never turns away from a teenager in need and strives to assist them with continuing down the path of success. She continues to advocate for youth in the foster care system and make connections in the community to provide assistance.
Allison was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, and has lived in Central Florida for five years after moving from Gainesville. She has been a positive mentor for children in the community, a tutor, and nanny, as well as a Disney Cast Member. She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family and cats, and any UF sporting event. Allison is excited to continue to serve foster children in the tri-county area.