My name is Erik Juarez. I grew up on Truslow Street, which is in the Maple neighborhood. For me, I had strong belief that I was going to be just another kid from the block, gang banging, because that was the only thing in my surroundings…
“I needed help with reading".”
If you watch Ryan interact with other kids at program, you'll see an energetic 1st grader eager to come meet you and show you the ropes. Ryan is inclusive and kind, and the second you meet him you can see there's something unique about him.
When Ryan first came to Solidarity, though, he was having trouble both at home and at school.