Erica's Story

Erica shared her YouthBuild experience at YouthBuild USA's 35th Anniversary celebration in 2013.

My dream is to become a teacher in urban communities just as the one I grew up in, in order to give the children some hope. I want them to also see the beauty in themselves. I want to give back to these communities everything they've been stripped of growing up. I'm a prime example that shows with a little hope, love, faith, and dedication you can help not only an individual but the community in need of a real leader. 

Erica is working as a cosmetologist to support her family as she studies to be a math teacher. She is attending Medgar Evers College majoring in Education with a Mathematics minor. Erica is also the proud mother of a brilliant 4 year old boy.

Alexis Bach
"I have wanted to be a nurse since I was about 13 or 14 years old, I’m finally able to do it and it’s amazing."
"I think it’s important to make the connection between leadership development and education."
Ely Flores
"During my time at the LA CAUSA YouthBuild program in East Los Angeles, I discovered that I was indeed a leader and that there were leadership assets within me and within my community."