In high school, I was selected to be a part of a group of individuals who were mentored by undergraduate students at Washington University in St. Louis for two semesters. This experience had a huge impact on my growth as a youth. This gave me a sense of confidence that I needed to pursue higher education. They helped me plan out my workloads, toured the university, and allowed for me to speak on a panel discussion about coming from an underserved community.
I am currently working as a mentor and teaching instructor for the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation. My goal is for the students to be able to express personal trauma and relevant social topics through art. Through activities, exercises, and projects, we are working towards developing a curriculum to support our youth for implementation in more community centers. I work with youth of all ages ranging from k-12th grade. These students inspire and motivate me to stay committed and to keep them encouraged, while also lending advice on how to better understand the world from a young professional viewpoint. Read more here.