As a young girl, Vontress Renae, 34, was very shy and kept to herself. She used to get bullied in school, so she used her writing as a means to escape, but as she got older, the further she drifted away from her craft. In 2016, a conversation with her younger brother encouraged her to follow her passion through writing because she possessed the ability to touch people with words.
The mother of 6, decided to take a leap of faith and finally walk in her purpose—sharing her gift of healing through her poetry and refine her skills as an investigative journalist.
In Spring of 2022, she took place in the California Humanities Emerging Journalist Fellowship. This granted through her journalism program at Sierra College in Rocklin California. This fellowship allowed her to work along side three other fellows to hone their investigative journalism skills.
Now as a dual degree holder in Journalism and Social and Behavioral Science she intends to take her skills and continue to work with local communities to advocate for resources and community funding. Her goals are to bring to light pressing issues for justice and change.