Lived Experience

Learn and be inspired by the stories of individuals with lived experience. The skills, knowledge and abilities of individuals with lived experience must form the foundation of any successful plan to improve economic security.


Leo grew up in poverty in Washington, DC and now works for a nonprofit organization. Learn about his challenges, the value of action, and the power of connection.

I’ve been there. I’ve seen it. It’s a lonely place.
It’s a tough place.

Leo Delgado

Meet jimmie

Jimmie is an entrepreneur who also grew up in poverty in Washington, DC. He shares his story below, focusing on the importance of education, entrepreneurship, and housing.

When you talk about poverty, we need, right away, economic opportunities to create generational wealth.

Jimmie Jenkins

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