I come from humble beginnings. In May of 2009, I was given a new identity: “Foster kid”. I was placed with a family who consumed me with love and support, I flourished. In 2012 I obtained what I had always thought was unobtainable, a High School diploma. Shortly after graduation, I moved to New York. Upon completion of my two-year journey in New York, I moved to Monterey County in August of 2014. It was at Hartnell College that I first heard about The Epicenter. After a bit of contemplation, I decided to give the center a chance. They had me at “hello”. I began volunteering my time to The Epicenter off and on for the next year. This leads to a position; I started as a Youth Advocate in January of 2016. I worked as a youth advocate until October of 2017, when I decided I needed to take a year for my mental health. Now I’m back as of November 2018 and better than ever before. I am now serving as the Foster Service Coordinator.