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Ty-Licia, California

Growing up in Stockton, CA, Ty-Licia never got used to the alarming amount of violence in her community. A city suffering from poverty and lack of achievement, Forbes has twice deemed Stockton the “most miserable city” in the US. In 2010, Ty-Licia co-founded the Summer Success and Leadership Academy (SSLA) as an intervention to counter the spike of violence amongst Stockton youth and to help youth realize their potential to be part of the solution for their city’s problems.

SSLA recruits students that have been labeled as “problems” or “at-risk” by their schools and provides them with resources and opportunities to reach their full academic potential and make positive life choices. The program also provides students with mentors to guide them on a path to higher education, a pursuit that has been rare for students in Stockton. In 2011, Stanford University research study showed that SSLA was successful in empowering students to be community leaders and equipping them to feel ready to execute social change projects. Ty-Licia says, “I am extremely dedicated to ending educational inequity in America. For now, I see the biggest impact I can have is through the classroom.”

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