What inspired you to join the Young Professionals Council (YPC)?
When I was growing up my mother was in and out of prison. My siblings and I had to endure a lot of difficulties that I feel could have been avoided or more easily managed if we had the assistance of a program like CPNYC. I see being a member of the YPC as a way to be a voice for children of incarcerated parents, as well as to assist CPNYC in reaching its full potential. This will ensure that the families of CPNYC benefit as much as possible.
Which skills do you bring to the team?
My first-hand experience in dealing with many of the situations the participants are going through is an asset to the YPC. In addition, I am a passionate leader, diligent worker, and accomplished writer.
What has been the most rewarding part of being on the YPC so far?
Spending time with the children at CPNYC and knowing my hand has helped them is a huge reward. I am also very proud to speak about the organization and bring awareness to the often overlooked children that are left behind due to mass incarceration.
Which upcoming event are you most excited about?
I am very excited about the Cooking Contest and hope to see my sister take a top prize! I’m also looking forward to the Dodgeball tournament, though I can’t brag about my athleticism.
Are you involved in CPNYC in any other capacities?
In addition to being on the Board Development Committee of the YPC, I also volunteer at CPNYC once a week and am mentor to a wonderful girl named Aaliyah.
What is your personal promise to CPNYC?
I promise to be an example of what CPNYC participants can accomplish despite their adversities. No matter what society may think, having an incarcerated parent doesn’t destine a child to that same fate. I promise to remind the children of incarcerated parents that they still have options, and I promise to challenge the thinking of anyone who thinks otherwise.