Antonio's Open Road
A Better Future (0:44)
Be Self Reliant (1:18)
I Decided To Come Home (0:37)
You Get To Define Yourself (0:40)
Impact Your Community (1:34)
Knowing Your Strengths and Weaknesses (1:29)
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis' 21st Ward
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- Says that for a lot of kids who grow up in St. Louis, they want to leave the city as soon as they possibly can.
- He decided that he wanted to stick around his hometown, but in order to do that, he'd have to get to work improving his neighborhood.
- Saw a job in the newspaper that read, "Activist Wanted" and took it; started as a signature gatherer and worked his way up to managing campaigns.
- Eventually, he decided to use all of his campaign experience to run for Alderman of the 21st Ward; he won.
- One of the first things as alderman he noticed was that the city wasn't allotting the necessary resources to his neighborhood's schools.
- Realized that his ward would have to become self-reliant; as a result, he started North Campus, a nonprofit that augments children's public education.
- Keeps an Alice Walker quote in his office that reads, "The most common way people give up their power is by assuming they have none."
- Says it's important for young adults, and especially minorities, realize that "you have more power than you know."