I come from a background of generational poverty, which was a surprise to me because I did not grow up in poverty. I grew up in Delaney Projects, Gary, Indiana. I was 18 months old when we moved there, before living in the “projects” became an undesirable branding, and I left for the first time after high school, when I was 18. It was not poverty; it was everyone simply living and surviving from day to day. I graduated from the Bridges Out of Poverty, Cass County Getting Ahead class in 2011 in Cassopolis, Michigan, where I relocated in 2004 from Battle Creek, Michigan. I am one of five associates in the pilot Leadership Development Initiative (LDI). LDI is an offshoot of the Cass County Getting Ahead assembly. Our group’s focus is the “Pygmalion” of hidden leadership skills in Getting Ahead graduates. We are encouraged to continue learning about ourselves and our community beyond the Getting Ahead process. We are writing the manual for the future graduates/LDI candidates to follow. Our plan foresees individual and group projects with which to instruct, inform, and involve the community in the eradication of poverty, one person at a time. My interests lie in art, expressed in various methods; communication through writing, singing, and conversation; reading (lots and lots of reading); cooking; and being generally a creative nuisance.