Sarah L. Foster possesses great passion for investing in and coaching nonprofit professionals, particularly those in youth work. Sarah's leadership philosophy centers on compassion, cultural understanding, self-awareness, and relationship-building to empower people to break down barriers to cultivate respect and dignity.
Sarah began her work in youth social-emotional learning in 2013 with Playworks, a national nonprofit that builds social and emotional skills through play. Coupling her experiences with federal program management and social-emotional learning, she co-launched a trauma-informed care program that served daycare centers, after-school programs, public schools, charter schools, and parochial schools in Indianapolis.
Sarah has earned her Child and Youth Care Worker Associate's Certification and Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification, and is a licensed Adult Mental Health First Aid instructor since February 2020. In 2017, Sarah was accepted into the prestigious youth worker program, The Journey, in recognition of her positive impact in the lives of Indianapolis youth. She holds a BA in Communication Studies and MPA in Nonprofit Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, both at IUPUI.
Sarah is an avid tree-enthusiast and takes great pride in her German heritage. She enjoys spending her free time reading, singing along to every song on the radio, and spontaneously traveling wherever her wallet can take her.