When I was growing up there were not as many resources that were available to encourage success as there may have been in a middle or upper class community. With so many negative factors against me I became the statistic that I read about in school.
I grew up in Miami. Florida, which at that time was considered the poorest city in the United States because of lack of affordable housing and neighborhoods infested with drugs. I grew up in Little Haiti but many cities had the same problems such as. Liberty City, and Over Town. Presently, these cities are suffering from gentrification. Affordable housing is not just a problem for the poor but it is also a problem for the working and middle class people. As a result, working or middle class people are forced to move into areas that are infested with crime and drugs. Working and middle class people deserve to live comfortably because they go to work every day to make an honest living. There was a time when I admired people in my neighborhood for having nice cars and nice clothes because many expensive material possessions were not frequently seen in my community. I had to reflect on why and how they obtained these material possessions. Many of the people that acquired expensive possessions obtained those items with illegal activity. I came to a point in my life where I had to make a decision. I wanted to acquire wealth, power, and respect. I had to decide if I wanted to acquire these things the positive way or the negative way. Even though I was involved in negative activities as a teenager, I began to choose the positive way when I began to reach manhood. I attended college at Florida Memorial University and majored in Political Science and minored in Public Administration. I decided to stop complaining about the major problems in the urban areas and to help solve the major problems. I began working for a company called Working America which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. On this job I worked with people in the local community. I helped inform the people about local issues in their community. I also worked for the Association for the Community of Reform Now (Acorn). With this organization, I also worked closely with people in the community. I helped to get the community informed about political issues such as voting. In addition, I worked for Little Haiti Housing Association Inc. where I helped people in low economic areas purchase affordable housing. I also helped people handle challenging situations that they were faced with daily. Furthermore, I worked for the state of Maryland as an Income Maintenance Specialist, where I help people in the community obtain social services, such as food stamps and child care vouchers. I also worked for Baltimore City Housing where I determine the eligibility requirements for individuals in need of public housing.
I would like to work in a position not just as an employee but as a man who has a duty to inspire others. I will continue to uphold my mission of improving the lives of underserved populations and others while creating an environment that is conducive to learning.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University.