Success had never seemed like an option for me growing up because there were never any role models showing me the way. I became an ATLAS Fellow to become that example for those who have none. I want to bring change to the community that I was raised in and show others that there are other paths to travel down. I want others to know they can dream bigger, bigger than the rundown apartment buildings they live in, bigger than the violence they’re exposed to, bigger than the jail cells that hold so many close family and friends in our community. I will become somebody to show others what is possible.