I grew up in Aliso Village and I’ve known Father Greg ever since I was young. I was in and out of trouble at a young age and I knew of Homeboy Industries. I was in and out of the system and I started to use the resources at Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café to change my life. I started working for Homegirl Café in May of 2008. I had come to Homeboy to get my juvenile record expunged and by the end of my visit, I had a job.
Homeboy Industries changed my life in so many ways. It gave me the opportunity to grow and understand myself and I learned how much I’m worth. It opened many doors for me and gave me opportunities that I never imagined.
Homegirl Café taught me patience and to never let my past define my future. I learned to always ask questions and stay true to myself. I will never forget my experience at Homeboy Industries.
In August of this year, I started working at Brewster Parsons, a post-production company. I am currently a PA (Production Assistant) and I love my job. I love the people I get to see every morning. Everybody is so positive and happy to come to work. No one judges me about my tattoos nor do they care about my past. I love the environment that I’m in. When I think about the future, I see myself growing with Brewster Parsons and becoming a producer. I’m so grateful that I can finally think about the future instead of dwelling on my past.