Born in Los Angeles, CA on December 18, 1974. I am the 11th child out of 13 children between my parents. I grew up between California and Colima, Mexico. I attended high school in Riverside and in Los Angeles, but never graduated. At 17, I decided to leave my parents’ household in Mexico to seek my own fortune in life. I came back to the US and worked at a few fast food restaurants and warehouses lading and unloading trucks. A few years later, I became a truck driver myself and worked for a couple of companies hauling cotton packs from Imperial Valley and California Central Valley to Long Beach Port/Terminal. In 1995, I quit and started my own business. I never went back to school until I can to prison and started to question my own life, which was the hardest thing for me to come to terms with. Now, I see education as therapeutic, because it has empowered me to become a better man, and it has given me ever since my incarceration, the necessary peace of mind for me to serve my time.
On December 6, 2001 – Passed my GED
October 9, 2003 – Certified Computer Refurbisher (#E-03412) at Centinela State Prison
September 28, 2004 – Certified Paralegal (#01008165) through Blackstone, Emmaus, PA. 2008 – Certified Customer service Specialist (#CSS088707), through ETA (Electronics Technicians Association) International at Greencastle, IN.
May 17, 2010 – Certified Peer Health Educator (Centerforce)
March 3, 2012 – Certified Rape Crisis Counselor and Crisis Intervention Peer Counseling for BAWAR (Bay Area Women Against Rape – Brother’s Keeper)
July 2012 – Graduate, Patten College, Associate of Arts Degree
I have 4 ½ years of experience as a Furniture Finisher, stainer and sprayer, and carpentry.
First and foremost, get my release from prison, and upon my release get a job as soon as possible. To have my own business and an organization to help underprivileged children to achieve their higher education, while helping them to discover and channel their talents into a full potential positive direction.
What I hope to gain from The Last Mile:
I hope to gain modern technology skills, and a networking web of people with whom and through whom I can expand my horizons and learn more about creating a successful business.
Motivation for Participation/Expectations/Intentions:
My motivation for participation is The Last Mile’s high quality platform and its level of competitiveness.
My expectations are 1) to be able to put together a viable project, and 2) to learn and take full advantage of everything The Last Mile has in store for me.
My intentions are to make good use of what I am going to learn in The Last Mile, to keep growing as a productive and constructive human being.