Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.
In my research, I examine structures, processes and outcomes of youth programs that engage young people from low-income neighborhoods. In particular, I study programs that have an emphasis on promoting higher education and labor market access. I am currently developing a related strand of research that examines the contemporary role and impact of historically Black civic, educational, and faith-based institutions in the area of youth development.
I have practice experience in the non-profit sector as a direct service youth worker and administrator. Additionally, I analyzed youth employment policy at the federal level with the United States Department of Labor.