102 PROFESSIONAL WOMAN'S MULTICULTURAL MAGAZINE WWW.PROFESSIONALWOMANMAG.COM Ibeejti!ibt!pgufo!eftdsjcfe!ifs!gpsnbujwf!zfbst! boe!fyqfsjfodft!bt!ejgdvmu!boe!xjuipvu!nvdi!hvje- bodf/!Gspn!opu!voefstuboejoh!ifs!cpez!jo!ifs!fbsmz! years (and even being hospitalized with toxic shock syndrome at one point) to living in her car during her uxfoujft-!Ibeejti!ibe!up!mfbso!b!mpu!bcpvu!mjgf!gps!ifs- self, something she wants to spare the youth in her program. Along with life skills, they are also learning about the entertainment and media industries and how to navigate the business of bringing people joy. "We're showing them. We're giving them the blueprint-they're talking about their experiences so far-how much they've grown and learned. I'm just excited for them. I'm a big believer in Whitney's song, Greatest Love of All -! Ibeejti! tibsfe! xijmf! reciting the lyrics, like a poem and a motivational speech. "It is my mantra. Every month, we say this honey! So, that's what I'm trying to do, and I see it. I see them growing. I see their whole demeanor, their whole energy, changing. I know they are my future. People who know where I come from are about to be svoojoh!uijt!cvtjoftt-!boe!ju!kvtu!mmt!nz!ifbsu!vq!xjui! so much joy."
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