At an early age I experienced many challenges with physical, mental and sexual abuse. Being bullied and later creating a coping mechanism to then become the bully taught me tenacity can come from places we never knew existed within ourselves. Having 6 of my close friends die by the time I was 16 taught me the fragility of life. No matter how challenging, I feel blessed for the opportunity to do it again.
I was one of the lucky ones who was given a life line by a mentor who saw the potential in me and saw education as my path to a better life. When I was given a hand up through tutoring and mentoring I knew I wanted to provide that same opportunity for other kids like me who because of the place they happen to be born and the circumstances of their family dynamics, their entire life could be limited by not having resources.