My name is Odalys. I am 19 years old and I grew up in the east side of San Jose. I am the proud mother of a one-year-old daughter named Nyleve Ariella. I have been impacted by the system, discriminated against and criminalized since an early age. In 2019, I had the opportunity to be a Siblings on the Rise Core Leader at the Young Women’s Freedom Center in San Jose. Working at the Center really opened my eyes to see how much my community goes through the same struggles everyday and how deeply rooted they are in the way society is set up. I’m excited to be back at the Young Women’s Freedom Center as part of the young moms program in Santa Clara County.