My name is Shavá Quiñones. I am twenty-three years of age. I am a writer, artist, student, and mother. My passion for writing has consumed me from age eight. Pleased to see that my writing affected people, I used it as my outlet when it seems that no one understood me. As a young adult, I aspire to get the youth of the streets and into positive activity. Helping them to see that society is not always peachy, but they are strong enough to not get caught up in the negativity that surrounds them. When able, I volunteer at Shiloh Baptist Church. I am from the Bronx, but I found that New Rochelle is my spiritual home.