Steven is a Florida native from the Jacksonville area but he grew up in the city of Orange Park. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science and he was the Public Relations head of his college Asian Student Union and was on their Board for one year. Steven then took a gap year and interned at the Criminal Justice Resource Center in downtown Durham. His job there was to teach Cognitive Behavior Intervention (CBI) methods to clients who were deferred to the program. Steven joins Duke as an AmeriCorps VISTA. VISTA program coordinators serves annually to alleviate poverty by helping local organizations expand capacity to make change.