Being my own role model was a step I had to make in order for me to be successful in life. Not just in life, but as a person, father, son, brother etc. Growing up in Oakland isn’t hard, but it’s not easy either, you can say it’s more of a balanced overall. It has wonderful places and programs for youth, homeless shelters and other things. Yet, it downs in the ranks with its history of violence and crime. For some people, the violence might be too much to handle and it starts to becomes normal!