Success Stories continued
These Success Stories illustrate what your love and contributions can accomplish.
1. Yahniie Bridges
I am a social justice advocate who transitioned through the foster care, mental health and juvenile justice systems all before the age of sixteen. My daily thoughts and movements are focused on how to enhance and indulge in the world around me. I think about how I can fuse humanity and art and use that to inspire people through spoken word, community engagement and fashion. I believe that I have to face risk in order to stimulate transformation.
As a teen mom from the inner-city, there were many things that I didn’t have access to ideas like thinking of others as a true community, restorative justice, art therapy, creative writing and serving others before yourself. I rose above my circumstance.
For the past six years, I have dedicated my life to advocacy for system-involved youth. I believe that if I who extend my arm to someone who needs support, it will create an infectious wave of compassion. I remember the feeling of being given hope and everyone deserves their right to hope as human beings. The fact that I was taught how to be available to hear my own voice gave me the power to advocate for others. My experience doesn't make me a victim; it makes me an incredible guide.
Working with over eight organizations across Los Angeles, I stand in the community solely as an advocate for change and empowerment. Currently, I am pursuing a career in fashion and/or public relations.
2. Allen J. West
Allen is the writer, director, and executive producer of the Nehemiah mini series. Additionally, Allen is the Co-Creator, drirector, and executive producer of the Santa Claus Affect, a TV show set to air globally Q2 of 2018 and is also the Creative Producer the TV series titled GIVE Season 1 that is currently airing weekly on NBC. Give won the 2017 Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series at the 44th annual awards program. Allen has also worked with federal government agencies to expedite a variety of cause related initiatives targeting America’s youth. Prior to these successes, Allen was like many of the Nehemiah youth.
Allen was left in the hospital for 13 months at birth as a boarder baby, and spent the next six years of his life in a foster home. Allen’s Foster parents Sam and Viola Dupree provided a nurturing environment which taught Allen early on the difference between right and wrong and helped foster in him a sense of empathy, self-reliance, and compassion.
Allen’s biological mother then took him back when he was seven years old; the remainder of his childhood with his mother was replete with emotional abuse, neglect, and physical abuse. Allen is essentially “Paying Forward” the loving parenting he received from his Foster parents to the scores of children he will see through the doors of Nehemiah Project.
“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
— Victor Hugo
3. Christopher Torres
My name is Christopher Torres, I am 18 years old.
I strive to own my own business in the culinary field.
Life is never easy but we must always push forward and never let anything stop us from what we put our minds to.