Carl Lakari's teen years were consumed by drugs and alcohol.
Stuck in a rut and unable to engage with the world around him, Lakari had no creative outlets, no guidance, and no idea what to do. "What I didn’t get in high school was the support of caring adults and peers to help me find what my passion and gift is in the world," he remembers. He felt helpless and alone, so he turned to drugs and alcohol in search of solace.
Many young people all across the United States battle these same feelings and problems, so Lakari — now in long-term recovery — decided to help them.