"Despite the financial and environmental struggles that I experienced growing up in Oakland, I felt a strong sense of pride when it came to education both at home and at school. The support and inspiration that I received was not the norm for my peers or for far too many young people from communities and broken homes like mine. I truly believe that every child deserves a happy and harmonious school experience where they are encouraged and allowed to be all that they can be. Every student should have the option to pursue higher education." "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela.