Q: What were you struggling with before you started the IPS program?
I was struggling with getting along with people I didn't know. I was struggling with talking to people I didn't know. While in IPS I made friendships with complete strangers from different parts of Philly. IPS is great!
Q: Is there anything about your past that you want to share that has contributed to your struggles?
I grew up around a lot of bad people and they did a lot of bad things, and that was normal. It was normal to me. It was just how I grew up.
Q: How has CORA's IPS program helped you overcome these struggles?
It helped me understand that some of that bad stuff is really bad and that I shouldn't do that. IPS was a wake-up call. It told me to get myself together.
Q: What are some of your goals in life?
To either be drafted in the NFL or become an FBI Agent.
Q: How has CORA's IPS program helped you recognize those goals and work towards them?
It helped me understand that there are good jobs out here, better than doing illegal stuff.
Q: Tell me about your favorite memory in the IPS program.
When we went boxing. I had never been to a boxing gym before.
Q: What is your favorite part of IPS?
The check-ins - having someone check up on you.
Q: What is one thing you didn't expect about IPS?
That people went through stuff that I went through. I thought it was just a bunch of kids forced into it by their parents.
Q: What is the biggest lesson you learned from being part of the IPS group?
There is more to life. There is more to life than just living in the moment. There's a future.
Q: How have your counselors and case managers helped you during your time in the IPS program?
Ms. Kaitlin- Has fueled my sassy-ness. Every time I talk one on one with Ms. Kaitlin we always end up laughing.
Ms. Gabby- She matches my cool, calm and collected-ness.
Ms. Erin- Always sets herself up for jokes.
Ms. Lindsay- Showed me that there are really people out here that are higher up that take the time to care about us.
Ms. Petra- She is the energy that fuels my goofiness. And fellow Brooklyn -99'er.
IPS is helping me get my driver's license and a job.
Q: Last thoughts on what IPS staff has taught you/ shown you:
That white people actually care about other colors.