Larry, 44

Larry, 44

Meet Larry…

Certain struggles that every young person needs to go through to find out what it really means to be an adult. I never went through that. I was a boy inside a man’s body.

Larry, 44
Incarcerated: 19 years
Housed: San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California

I haven’t always been triumphant in life. I had a challenging childhood growing up in South Los Angeles. I was 25 years old when I ended the life of another human being. I have served a total of 27 years in juvenile and adult correctional facilities. As an adolescent I was a very skilled poet and began to dream of someday landing a record deal and becoming recognized in the hip-hop community. I made poor choices and landed in juvie. Everything in my life accelerated. I missed my teens and went straight to my twenties. There are things that happen during those years that build a young person’s character. Certain struggles that every young person needs to go through to find out what it really means to be an adult. I never went through that. I was a boy inside a man’s body. I was born with certain gifts but I didn’t have the emotional intelligence to use them in the right way. I was gifted with the ability to lead people and to figure things out in ways that most people can’t. Yet, I didn’t harness the restraint and patience to do the right things with my talents.

Today, I’m making the right moves and channeling my genius into becoming the first resident to leave San Quentin and publish emotional intelligence board games and disrupt the US toy and game industry. Join me and let’s raise the collective emotional quotient around the world.  

Logan, 35

Meet Logan…

My last relationship blessed me with a boy and girl. Through the years Mariah is the one person who stuck with me.

Logan, 35
Incarcerated: 4 years
Housed: San Quentin State Prison

My dad spent time with me on weekends and whenever he could. But I was always closer to my mom. I was a mama’s boy. My oldest daughter Mariah has always been close to my parents. For years I was a single father and my parents helped raise her. She has a good relationship with her stepmother. My father has really gone out of his way to be the father I can’t be while incarcerated. My mother passed away, so my dad is a single father. Being a retired heavy equipment operator he would normally be enjoying his retirement. I feel he has sacrificed his retirement. He has never complained and I know he loves his granddaughter very much. Still, I know it must be challenging even though she’s a good kid. At 16, she is going through a time that can affect the rest of her life. Dad takes her to appointments, buys her things, and everything that comes with supporting a teenager. Not because he feels like he has to, but because he loves her. I’m thankful for the person he is. I look up to him and wish I was half the father he is.

I am also proud of my daughter. She has become a product of her struggles. I admire the way she has dealt so well with the obstacles in her life. She was by my side from the day she was born to the day of my incarceration. She is my “Road Dawg” as some might say. I left her mother when Mariah was two. My last relationship blessed me with a boy and girl. Through the years Mariah is the one person who stuck with me. She was with me at work when she wasn’t with my parents or at school. I learned it takes a village to raise a child. We lived in a very small community. My employer, who was like a second mother to me, people from work, and friends helped me support her by giving her clothes, gifts, and they remembered her birthday. Looking back I admire her ability to make the best with what we had. She never complained or gave me a hard time. If she cried, was upset, or sad I knew it was serious. I always received compliments on how well behaved she was. Being a single father was tiring, but she made it easy. I still carry those precious memories to this day. I am amazed and proud of the young lady she has become. 

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