Talisha migrated to Canada with her mother at the age of 2 and since lived in or around the Jane-Finch community. As a racialized female from a highly stigmatised community, she learned that stereotypes and stigma can be detrimental to one’s perception of themselves, and can cause various barriers in education and success. Since then she has used her passion based on personal experience and post-secondary education to empower other youth from her community by deconstructing the stigma and developing skills in critical thinking and community-based research. She was awarded the Sir Lincoln Alexander Community Award as the 100th North York Citation and Urban Hero Award. She has also been featured in Canadian Living’s Top 40 Change Makers. Committed to positive youth development she has been involved in various community programs including NOISE for Social Change, ACT for Youth, Cultivating Herstory and FYI’s creating equitable spaces. More recently Talisha was featured in the 2015 TedX York University addition where she spoke passionately about the violence of low-expectations. Talisha continues to stay involved in community organisations and has been named co-chair of the Beyond At Risk Organization. In addition, Talisha has started her master’s thesis which she will also be focusing on the stigmatisation of the Jane-Finch community and youth resistance through art.