College student Nia Perry-Richardson was born and raised in East Cleveland. She graduated from MC2 STEM High School, taking early college courses during at Cleveland State University through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP). In addition to being trained as a Community Researcher with the Social Justice Institute's Voicing and Action Project, she attended the SJI Power Up! youth leaders training conference in April 2012. As a result, she was motivated to fight even harder to create social change. She is considering careers in psychology and law.