What do you do when the world that you know is nothing good? How do you take a tough situation and win? Where do you find the the courage and hope to make something more of your life? The journey from poverty to promise is no easy one; however, it is possible to pick yourself up and push yourself forward. Our brother (and Veteran), Derrich, is here to give us some insight on making the most out of adversity.
In a varied and interesting life, Derrich has grown up in poverty in one of the most dangerous cities in the US, served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and worked with leading cybersecurity teams at Fortune 500 Companies. Now he is embarking on a new path, writing books that help people to break the poverty mindset. Poverty Powerball is the first in a planned series.
Have you come around to embracing ALL of who you are? If so, at what cost? Like... What do you give for being YOU? What do you do when those who love you reject you because of who you are? What happens when you have a plan and things don't go the way you though that they'd go? Let's talk about it with Emmanuel and the journey of becoming, falling backward, and moving forward.
Emmanuel is a 29-year-old recent first-generation college graduate from SUNY College at Oneonta. He holds a BA with Honors in Africana & Latino Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Emmanuel is an openly gay, black and male that views the world from an intersectional lens.
Have you ever taken the time to think that who you are and the places you're supposed to go is much bigger than you can imagine? Do you realize that YOU are not just a citizen of your community or country, but... a citizen of the world? Even as a first-gen, it's important for you to know that the WORLD is your oyster!
Garry Moïse is a multilingual Education Administrator, Life Cultivator (focusing on Personal Development and Leadership), Education and Lifelong Learning Advocate, Church Elder, and Mentor. He is a professional with academic backgrounds in Marketing, Management, and Leadership. Moïse currently serves as the director of Marian University’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program, and an instructor for the Model United Nations program. He is a graduate of both Fox Valley Technical College and Marian University; located in Wisconsin. He enjoys serving others by accompanying them in their individual growth journey. More importantly, Moïse is a husband and a father of three.
I couldn't wait to tell you about my experience with the peanut butter, fried banana, and bacon burger the other week. Like... I can't wait to try it again because it's become one of my favorite. If you know me, then you know that I looooove a good burger. And, I'll say, it's crazy how life sends us messages in some of the least expected ways. Mine... A burger!
How do you go from homeless to being a Gates Millenium Scholar? What do you do to pull yourself out of poverty to create a better life for yourself? How do you face the world as a bi-racial woman? In our conversation with Kayla, we learn that the key is you believe in something greater, deeper, and more powerful than you. Kayla Storrs is a Gates Millennium Scholar, higher education professional, full-time doctoral student, serves as an adjunct professor, and entrepreneur. In all of her work, she supports the exact populations of students that reflect her background from growing up--literally living out her purpose and aligning herself perfectly with her identity and experiences.