Angalia Bianca, a former Chicago gang member who struggled with a 36 year long battle with heroin addiction during which time she spent over 12 years in prison for non violent crimes as a result of addiction and 20+ years homeless on the streets of Chicago. Bianca has changed her life around to a sober, law abiding productive tax paying citizen who works endless hours helping at-risk youth involved in high risk street activity. She has worked for the organization CeaseFire/Cure Violence since 2011 at the University of Illinois Chicago. She uses her own experience from her past lifestyle to mentor & deter young people from making the same mistakes she made. Bianca is also a Cure Violence National trainer on conflict mediation/resolution. Her story and her work have been featured on CNN, Chicago Tribune, Internet media outlets, Local news networks, The White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy, February 2014 issue of Rotary International magazine and several television talk shows. She speaks publicly on many issues for social change as well as her own inspiring life story & her recovery to becoming a community leader. She has found her purpose in life working with what she calls “Society’s forgotten population” Bianca has reunited with her family & 5 children after being estranged from them for over 16 years.