Growing up in the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas there are many challenges and obstacles that I have encountered. With an alcoholic dad, domestic violence situations were almost certain, and even though my life was affected by those situations, I want to focus more on the issues that I could control like peer pressure. Being the youngest of seven boys of course peer pressure wasn’t a walk in the park.
I had given into peer pressure before because I wanted to fit in or I simply wanted to have a good time but then I found that to become an addictive nasty habit that began to consume my life. At first it was difficult to break until I gave up my tempting environments in exchange for more positive ones. There were many ways I dealt with peer pressure but the most effective way were engaging myself in productive activities like Hope for Youth
I first learned about Hope for Youth through Webb Crunk. He started as my brothers’ mentor and he would always take them to Hope for Youth. I was too young to go and would cry every time they went out, but Webb would always bring me something afterwards like toys or a juice box.