As a young teen, Maleka A. Long found herself on a path to self-destruction.
“I made a lot of bad choices before I learned to make good ones. But I always knew there was more to life.”
Maleka managed to fly under the radar of social services and the juvenile justice system, but she was determined to break the cycle of addiction and dysfunction that was destroying her family.
“I focused on school. I even graduated a year early from Youth Opportunities Unlimited, the alternative high school that I was going to.”