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Hidden Gems: Meet Aysha Benoit of The Bigger Picture Children and Youth Foundation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aysha Benoit.

Hi Aysha, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always had this vision of helping kids that remind me of myself but I wasn’t sure how. I grew up in Compton where I’ve witnessed so many people that could have been great at life lose it all to the streets. It got to a point where you start to become numb to it and you begin to normalize the nonsense around us. But it never felt normal to me. Growing up here we don’t realize all of the odds that are already set against us especially if you’re a minority. I knew I had to put a plan in place to change that. To get more of us out of this trapped mindset that we have. That’s how I came up with the idea of The Bigger Picture. The goal is to open minds and offer a different perspective to the youth in my community and show them that there is so much more to life than the situations that they may be stuck in.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I wouldn’t want to call them struggles I just call it life. I work a full-time job as a nurse and I am also in school to further my nursing career so it’ll always be difficult to balance it all but that’s a part of life. Nothing worth having is going to come easy so I accept everything that comes with it. I think the biggest obstacle for me has been getting out of my own head and learning to really step out on faith. I’ve had so much support from everyone around me and that in itself has made the road much smoother.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My nonprofit organization was started up to change as many lives as I can. One way to change lives is to offer a new perspective. For example, if I can take one kid from a less fortunate situation and show them what it’s like to travel and see the world and teach them the importance of financial literacy that’s going to encourage that kid and open up their mindset to all sorts of possibilities and that’s my goal. I’m in the process of putting together different charitable events for the youth in my community and I’m just excited to see it all come together.

Just last month, I was able to bless an entire first-grade class with Halloween costumes. I’m very proud of the turnout and how many people were actually willing to help me accomplish this goal.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Find people that are on the same path as you and pick their brains as much as possible. One thing I’ve learned is don’t be afraid to ask questions. There is always something that someone can teach you.

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