Maya Parker is a graduate of Luke C Moore High School. She became homeless at age 15 due to a lack of acceptance of her sexual orientation, and found stability and community again at the Wanda Alston House, a DC shelter for LGBTQ youth. At Wanda Alston, Maya shined as a leader, using her motivation to work with her peers to realize their passions and support them in their struggles. In the fall, Maya will be attending Trinity College to study sociology. She hopes to work with youth in her future and sup- port people who have become homeless, specifically LGBTQ youth.