A North side native strong and true. I was raised with my two siblings in the small neighborhood of Spring Garden. We were raised in love, grace, and a strong sense of discipline; this sense of internal community, at a young age I quickly sensed was not the reality of many friends and families that surrounded me. As a youngster I was a mirror image of the support my family provided for me; a child deemed as a “rising star”. Now, that shining is all I try to promote in others.