Ms.Julie is the founder of the non-profit organization called Africano. She’s known me since I was about 9 years old and is one of the biggest influences on my life and who I am today. When I was younger people would always describe me as “painfully shy”. But once becoming apart of Africano I was able to destroy my shell of shyness and let my personality take over. Ms.Julie taught me to really love and embrace myself. To be proud of me, my culture, and country. I can’t imagine my life now if I hadn’t met her. Now I am so happy and have a vibrant and bright personality all the time. Without her, I would still be the shy girl that sits in the back of the class too petrified to share her opinion. She helped me change for the better. From a bystander to a leader.