How it all began
Both Jaime and Victor grew up in two of the nation’s most dangerous cities: South Central Los Angeles and Oakland, CA. Although they grew up in opposite sides of the state of CA, they both experienced a young life of poverty, hopelessness, and constant violence in their communities. The “invisible fence” was set around their communities, which made it much harder to get out and much easier to remain. Growing up they both encountered obstacles that put them in situations to make choices: the good choice, the cool choice, or the bad choice. Now they share these experiences with students, parents, and educators through their highly motivational and very popular Breaking Obstacles and Cradle, Classroom, College, Career curriculum’s. Along the way they encountered good parenting, caring teachers, and relevant adults that inspired them and helped them change their lives. Dr. Rios was able to earn a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley the number one ranked public university in the nation. Jaime was able to earn a Master of Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy, a top-ten ranked policy school, at the University of Southern California.