When we allow them, all of our experiences can prepare us to be of optimal service to others. For years, Anthony had no idea why his childhood was riddled with separation from some of his biological family, moving from state to state, substance abuse, ambulances, emergency rooms, drug rehabs, a few years of stability, then everything falling apart once more. There are invaluable understandings and skills that come from experiencing the extremes of hopelessness and hope, homelessness and stability, trauma and triumph, yet we need others who are willing servants of the Creator to guide us in transforming the poisons of pain, loss and tragedy into healing medicines. Perhaps most importantly, we need to become someone who is a willing servant of the Creator to guide others in transforming poisons into healing medicines.
As a youth, Anthony experienced the powerful transformation and healing process of being a participant in youth programs. As his mentors and counselors helped him work through the pain, loss, tragedy, and trauma he experienced in his childhood, he uncovered something that he didn't know was there - a gift. With the guidance of highly skilled and passionate mentors and counselors, Anthony walked a sacred, healing journey from his head back to his heart. It is there where he remembered and reclaimed his vision, mission, dreams, and purpose. In 1991 he began his path in working with youth and young adults, and continues to facilitate the sacred, healing journey from the head back to the heart with all those he is entrusted to serve.
In his twenty-six year career in youth development, Anthony has led gang prevention and intervention programs, prisoner reentry programs, and worked as a Certified Addictions Counselor with gang affiliated youth and adults providing relapse prevention for substance abuse and criminal behavior. Anthony continues to work full time as a Street Outreach Crisis Counselor who serves homeless, runaway, exploited, and sex trafficked youth and young adults by facilitating interventions, rescues, and safe transports on the streets; he also provides the longer term services of counseling and family reunification within an emergency youth shelter. Due to his personal testimony, twenty-six years of professional experience, and ability to articulate the process of transformation with passion and beautiful storytelling, Anthony continues to be sought by organizations as an inspirational speaker, trainer and consultant.