I didn’t have much growing up in the “Ghetto” and some nights, I had to eat at a friend’s house because my family had no food. Although at times it seemed it would never get better, I never lost hope. I could have participated in illegal activities but that would only mean that I would have contributed to the further destruction of my neighborhood and destroyed my own future. I refused to become a statistic or product of my environment. I decided that I wanted to work in the Criminal Justice Field because; most of my peers have very negative opinions of the police or the Justice system in general. I want to show the younger generation that I and anyone else can chose to overcome hardships and make a difference by better ourselves through education in a field we’re passionate about. Although it has not been easy, the reward of not giving into peer pressure and sticking to my morals while maintaining my integrity is worth more to me then all the fast riches in the world. By working in the Justice system with at-risk youth as a Juvenile Probation Officer or Juvenile Corrections Counselor, I can lead by example. Not only can I understand their perspectives because I too once lived in their shoes, but to truly show and prove that hard work pays off and it’s not just in the movies or fairy-tales. I want to empower at-risk youth to know we can beat the odds.