My Journey

The challenges that I faced as a child of poverty are no different than the challenges that 40,000 low-income children in Washington State are facing today.  For 18 years I was completely and utterly ashamed of my background, my family, and our reliance on welfare. When I stepped foot onto my college campus as an official student, I wanted more than anything to show my baby sister (who was 5 at the time) what could be done; where perseverance could take you. I realized this core principle: higher education was indeed a ticket out of poverty. When I shared my mission with just a few people, I literally had an epiphany and knew, without a doubt, that this was my purpose in life. Not only to show my little sister that we could rise above our situation, but to share my story with as many poverty stricken kids as possible…