Leah has grown up in Santa Clara county her whole life. After dealing with incarcerated parents and many struggles throughout her childhood, she began facing big challenges. She was introduced to the Young women’s Freedom Center where she received advocacy support during her incarceration. She has now been with the Center since graduating from the Siblings on the Rise program and completing her probation term. Leah is now taking on her role as an Organizing Fellow to hopefully advocate on behalf of others and use her experiences to motivate individuals that were once in her position. She’s pushing herself to be involved in changing the system that once tried to knock her down.