East Side Young Woman Determined to Not be a Negative Statistic
SAN ANTONIO - From growing up with absent parents, to going to law school, one east side young woman has always been determined to not become a negative statistic.
"Despite the negativity that is around, I decided I was going to do more and I decided that I didn't want to be part of the negative stereotypes that occur in the east side," Tychanika Kimbrough said.
Kimbrough, 21, grew up in the Dellcrest Neighborhood on the east side.
"Growing up on the east side, I had a positive childhood despite the obstacles I did have to go through," Kimbrough said.
Both of Kimbrough's parents were in and out of prison throughout her childhood, leaving her to live with her grandparents.
"I did not want to continue down that wrong cycle," she said.
Kimbrough is a woman with a plan and has a mission to execute it. In 2012, Kimbrough graduated from Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering on the south east side of town. Then she went on to earn a degree in public administration and graduate with honors from Texas State University. She is now attending Baylor Law School.
"I originally wanted to get them [her parents] out of jail, but as I grew up, I learned with a law degree I can really positively impact my community and just do so much more," she said.
Kimbrough also mentors young east side girls and takes them to places, like Painting with a Twist.
"She's not only just a big sister to me. She's a friend. I can talk to her about anything," Alizea White said.
White and Kimbrough were paired up in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
"I knew I wanted more for myself, so when I had her as my match, it really kind of helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life and that's why I'm in college now," White said.
While Kimbrough and White perfect a painting in class, Kimbrough also has plans to paint the future of the east side.
"I do want to run for office here. I want positively impact my community. I want to be a positive role model to influence others," Kimbrough said.
She is set to graduate from law school in 2018, then hopefully come back to the east side and run for city council.