“I didn’t let that the negative things in life stop me from reaching my limits I know I can reach.”
Can you tell me about your background?
I am a proud native of Boston, raised in Dorchester. I went to college in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 2009-2013, returned to Boston, MA to work in my community and not make a difference but “be” the difference. What does that mean? I want to be a great a role model for my community and for youth who may look like me but have no motivation to follow their dreams so I am here to show them “You can do it!”
Can you share an unforgettable story happened during your life in Boston?
This may sound really cheesy but I love music and on June 19, 2015, I was fortunate enough to meet Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Curtis was raised by his grandmother which really hits home for me so he became one of my favorite artists. When I was in middle school I use to listen to a lot of his music, one of my favorite lyrics from an album he released in 2008 is:
“These days it’s hard to tell who really cares, so when you hear this song, you should say a prayer for me, I put a message in my music; hope it brightens your day, if times are hard, when you hear it, know you’ll be okay.”
So that was kind of amazing to meet him and get to say thanks for the great hits!
Who/what was inspired you to become the person you are today?
My grandmother inspired me to become the person I am today. She raised me since I was a newborn until I was seventeen and she passed away after being a second time survivor of breast cancer. She was a teacher for many years and enjoyed being an educator. I believe I get most of my public speaking and teaching mechanisms from her. Currently I work for YouthBuild USA Criminal Justice Initiatives which I enjoy. I am able to help youth in a way that I wish more youth could experience. Look us up J https://my.youthbuild.org/my/cji
Do you have any story funny, touching, or important to you that you’d like to share with us?
November 6, 2015, I find myself now having legally custody of my seventeen year old sister, I am twenty four years of age. A lot of friends and people have reached out to me because I know and they know it will be a tough journey but I want my sister to know I am here for her and want to be a good role model for her. I to, was once “labeled” an at-risk youth because of the things I had to deal with but with great support I didn’t let that the negative things in life stop me from reaching my limits I know I can reach.
What are your passions in life?
My passions in life is fighting for youth who are struggling in their communities and helping them beat the stereotypes that have been preset for them. This passion extends beyond Boston because I find myself a part of many communities in other cities and countries.
What does Boston mean to you?
Boston means everything to me, I am a fan of every sports team we have, the New England Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox has taught me to never give up in my past athletic life when I was playing sports and to not give up in my career because someone will see you someday.