As a native of Rochester, Amen Ptah survived a plethora of difficulties growing up in the “inner city.” Although he ran the streets and faced life circumstances that landed him in prison, his resilience and ability to persevere enabled him to transform his challenges into steps toward personal evolution. Life taught Amen that struggle builds character, and pleasures must be sacrificed for a much greater purpose. After several trials of trauma and near death experiences, Amen was able to weather the storm and find his way. Currently, Mr. Ptah is the Digital Media Specialist, and Program Coordinator for the Central Library of Rochester ImagineYOU teen digital media program, as well as a Crisis Counselor for 2-1-1/Lifeline. He is the founder of APVisuals, a local multi-media small business. Amen is an active participant in the GIVE (Gun Involvement Violence Elimination) Offender Call-in Program, and a Rochester City School District guest speaker/volunteer. As a scholar, he gained several awards including The College at Brockport’s Diversity Engagement Award, and consecutive certificates of acknowledgment for Excellence in Media Production. He is currently positioning himself to pursue a PhD in Psychology.