Vanessa is 16 years old and lives in Hyde Park. She attends City on a Hill Charter School and is in the 9th grade. She is a YMCA ambassador and sings on her church’s Youth Praise and Worship Team. She is most proud of her artistic and academic achievements, which include publishing books at a young age, developing her vocal abilities and winning beauty pageants. If there was anything that she could change in the local community it would be the mishandling of Black youth; she believes that strengthening their support at a young age would help them fulfill their destinies. Three artists that inspire Vanessa are Tori Kelly, Bebe Winans and Lecrae.