I had a bizarre life before The East Side Partnership. I didn’t have any idea what to do, where to go for help when I needed it. I had no connections/resources available to me helping me move forward in my life. I was lost and was getting bad grades during my sophomore year in high school with no support. Later that year I fell into a deep depression. School was hard and I couldn’t seem to make anyone around me happy, not even my parents. I I had no will or reason to finish the year strong or even bother to ask for help.

James did more than invest in my life, he left a footprint. Everything I know now is because I learned it through him. He has always been a great leader and mentor. He helped me recognize my strengths and weaknesses. Upon recognizing them he taught me how to use my strengths to become a better person, exposing me to my hidden identity and potential. He showed me what the business world has to offer and I fell in love with becoming a businessman, entrepreneur, marketer and a leader. He showed me the way to success by expanding my pool of professional networks with people whom I never thought I could meet. He has showed me that having respect for your community can take you a long way and make others respect you for who you are and what you do. 

James made me a better person by showing me a side of myself I never knew was there. He saved me from my depression and had it not been from that, I may not be here on this earth today. So for everything I deeply give thanks and I’m sure there is more to come.

I am now in a better position to move forward and be successful in life. I know who to contact when experiencing a dilemma, what career to pursue, and the multiple ways to stand out and make myself known. I know I will be something great soon to come and all thanks to James for opening that door.