Coming from a low-income family/background, my education was not always prioritized. I remember being placed in below-basic courses because I would always test low on my standardized tests. My mother would always tell me to read before bed but that would not be enough to help lessen my stutter or improve my grammar. It was not until I reached out to my school’s library for support in academics. Through remedial classes and tutoring opportunities, I was able to grow academically to where I became Valedictorian both in Junior High and High School. I now attend a top-tier university, the University of Southern California. Through my studies in NGOs and Social Change, I have been able to have a minor in Social Work and Juvenile Justice and Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism. These subjects have allowed me to create a youth-led nonprofit called NewColorsProject with the purpose to learn the need in my community and execute projects in support.