Initially I put together a glorified summary of my life, 29 years in nine paragraphs, but 'marketing' myself is something I've struggled with because I don't have a resume of activism.
I think if those who know me best were asked to describe me they'd do so lightheartedly; wheather a story about shepherding in the Austrian Alps or stealing my grandfathers dentures.
However, the majority of my youth was spent coaching my mother through a very explicit addiction. When she passed away my life spiraled out of control. I became dangerously unpredictable to the point members of my own family wanted nothing to do with me. And it was a life I hid from most everyone including myself because frankly it was quite depressing.
Today, my city has become perhaps the largest example in our nation of instability. I began to see how the oft publisized gang crime, war on drugs, and poverty rates continue to effect our future generations.
For a long time I thought about how I can help, and actually have an impact.
So, I focused on what I knew, an extremely unstable childhood, and the power of strong work ethic.
I believe that by providing kids with an opportunity for that foundation, no matter the hardship, can create change.