With curiosity, confidence, homeless as a child, he’s poised to enter the Ivy League


As he prepares for the arduous journey of college, Steven Vaughn-Lewis is humbled by thoughts of what if? What if his grandma hadn’t taken him out of foster care? What if he hadn’t been guided to his top high school? What if he didn’t collide with a series of mentors? “I don’t know where I’d be now.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

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Kia Gregory

Kia Gregory is a journalist drawn to people living on the margins. In her work, Gregory often shows how people and their neighborhoods are affected by public policy. She has covered local politics, education and criminal justice, and won numerous awards for her enterprise reporting and narrative writing. Gregory has written for magazines such as The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New Yorker, and has been on staff at the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Weekly. This site contains a selection of her stories. Gregory, a Philadelphia native, lives in New York, and can be contacted at kiagregory@live.com.