Nobody is shocked that life is dark in parts of our city. But not everyone has walked the walk and lived the life to understand how hopeless it really can seem.
Growing up in Walnut Park, in the heart of North St. Louis, the youngest of 10 kids in a single-parent home, I know what living in that context means. That’s why I fight for change. That’s why I fight to show the men who come through Mission: St. Louis the dignity they possess. That’s why I fight to give them the resources they need to live a different story.
At 37, I am nearing four years of directing a program called Beyond Jobs out of Mission: St. Louis, helping men with stories like mine change their lives. Read more here.