Estephany Brito says that as a teen she struggled with peer pressure.
But when she got involved with the Latin American Youth Center, she was able to see what she calls the light at the end of the tunnel.
She felt inspired to return to the center in her twenties to become one of the counselors in a program called "Promotores."
It helps at-risk youth ages 16 to 24. Some are single parents, some are struggling to complete high school and others are involved in the justice system.
"Our goal is to be there, help them, show them the way, hope they can better themselves," she says.
Single mother Gizelle Aguilar, 21, says Brito inspired her to graduate from high school and become a student at Montgomery College and pursue her dream career as an aerospace engineer.
And 22-year-old Roxana Romero calls Brito the guardian angel that turned her life around.
"Every time I would have problems, I would always go to her," Romero says of Brito.
Romero now works with Americorps, thanks to Brito's guidance.
"It's been a lot of fun and that changed my life a lot," she says.