I founded All Youth Access in the spirit of deeply wanting to create change for our Nation's young people of color. I identify as a Mexican and Cherokee woman, but am "white passing". As our country struggles to reconcile its present with its past, I have struggled to find and ground myself in my ancestral roots. It is from this place of struggle that I recognize how important it is for our young people of color to have a lived experience that recognizes, honors, and heals their cultural and ancestral history; to have legitimate access to the best our communities and country has to offer, and to do so without having to compromise one's dignity in deference to the customs, norms, or ways of the majority.
--Stephanie Anne Bradley, Ph.D.