"It's a pleasure to be here with you today, Thank you to the Kiwanis club for having me as a guest, When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen. If you would have asked me when I was 10 years old I would have never guessed that I would have seen the things I have been able to or do the things I have done. As the child of a teen mom and a father who was in prison by the time I was two years old, according to what society has determined about girls like me, I have beaten the odds. I always knew that Ibad a big mission in life. All of the things that Springfield had a reputation for my family had been effected by, I seen the results of drug abuse and alcoholism, prison industrial complex , HIV/AIDS, and the results of street violence that left my uncle Anthony Carl Rosemond Blind, Mute and Paralyzed he recently passed away. If there was one thing I know, it is that pain has created a great strength, faith and fortitude it took many years to recognize I also possess.
When I was a little me I spent so much time looking for the success story that would inspire me to make something great of myself. Never would I think I would take a long walk home to find myself being the success story I have been searching for. We are only in search of ourselves and it is my mission and the mission of organizations such as Kiwanis to cultivate more leaders and make our homes, community and society shine bright!