Growing up bi-racial gave me the ability to see people and situations through a different lens.
Most of my childhood was spent in the suburban city of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with my mother, but I would spend my summers with my father in Gary, Indiana — the murder capital of the world at that time. I’m forever grateful for this experience as it gave me the ability to comfortably and effectively reach people of different demographics.
Both of my parents are survivors of generational poverty. They overcame adversity and earned college degrees to help ensure they — and I — could live a better life. Through stories of their experiences and resilience, I developed a great admiration for those who can overcome obstacles, especially when the odds are stacked against them.
This admiration sparked my passion and led me to study sociology at Oklahoma State University. Through my education and experience in community non-profits, I found my purpose: to give a voice to the voiceless and passionately advocate for others until they learn how to advocate for themselves.
Today I work as a case manager at Café Momentum where I am entrusted with creatively serving youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. To date, we have helped unleash the potential in more than 750 young people by providing training, employment, and life skills.