Name Withheld

I was 16 when I was arrested for a fight I had with another girl. Because of NY’s law, I was charged as an adult and convicted of a felony. I worked hard to get my GED and Associate’s after, but was denied jobs over and over because of my felony. I was also denied rental assistance to get affordable housing for me and my daughter. I feel like I walk around with an “F” for felony on my chest for a mistake I made when I was just 16. — Name Withheld