Juan Colon (Manchester, CT) graduated from Windsor High School. Juan was homeless in his adolescence and had the honor of participating in a program that assisted him in finding a stable foundation for him to grow. The support he gained planted seeds of wisdom that he has taken with him on his journey. Juan has been inspired by his peers across the country to be a Youth Leader and help other young adolescents to be more confident in their life and successes as they go through traumatic-emotional experiences. Since connecting with Opportunity Youth programming in Hartford, Juan has found himself, reconnected to education and training, and continues to work towards his goals. Since becoming a Youth Leader Juan has facilitated panels for the Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative as well as participated in the panel for “Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline” with national experts from Forward Change Consulting.