For the past 22 years of my life I have watched as members of my generation went from hoping and dreaming for a bright future to giving up. I have watched as people who I once thought capable of changing the world dropped out, became addicted to drugs, became teenage parents, killed themselves, or simply just gave up on the dream of their future. I hope to be a light to my generation, since birth the odds have been stacked against me. I grew up visiting 3 generations of men in my family in jail, my brother, my dad, and my grandfather. I was placed in dropout prevention programs by the 5th grade; I struggled mentally with the call of addiction I felt on my life. I was expected to fail, to drop out, and to end up in jail. At just 12 I had experienced drugs, alcohol, abuse, and death. But then something happen, I was offered something that changed my life, hope. I have clung to that same hope since I was 12. I graduated high school and moved on to college with one focus in mind, the 12 year olds that are out there that are just as I was, with no hope.
I want to show the members of my generation that no matter where you came from, no matter how many odds are stacked against you, that every single person is capable of greatness and that it is worth fighting for. I want to show them that even when they feel like giving up they are ONE STEP CLOSER to a better future.
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