Leonard Smith is the product of a broken home. The streets of Oakland, California raised him during the turbulent time of the 1980’s and created his belief system. The same streets that taught Leonard many lessons were both a gift and a curse. His name is well known on the streets and in the various Juvenile Detention Centers throughout the city of Oakland. Leonard has to constantly navigate between his feelings and his method of survival. The story of Leonard Smith is a cautionary tale of tragedy and triumph. Leonard’s life embodies what many youth face every day on the streets of every major city in America.