You've said that being raised by a single mother on welfare gave you a unique understanding and appreciation of the power education has on changing the destiny of a family in just one generation. Tell us more about that experience.
My mom came to America escaping poverty and government oppression in the late 1960s. She was a young, single woman who didn't plan on me being born so she ended up on welfare and food stamps. A lot of people who lived in my community lived in the same way; it was not the nicest place to grow up. When I entered school it was "Welcome to PS 11" and I said, "Qué?" English was my second language.
By the time I was in high school I had been to 4 or 5 funerals, I had been shot at and had guns shoved in my mouth and I wanted out. I focused on education, I saw it as my way out and it did get me out, which is why I'm so interested in the power that education and technology can have on a family.