Maranisha is the kind of girl you just want to be around. With her beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and sunny disposition, she’s someone the younger girls look up to. She started going to Streets three-and-a-half years ago, when she heard all her friends talking about it. She’s now actively involved, regularly attending the camps, block parties, bible studies, and clubs.

Maranisha says Streets has opened her up to a wide range of new experiences and taught her about the love of Jesus. She likes coming to Streets because they treat her like family and because she can count on them if she was ever in trouble. Streets has helped her plan for her future– when she graduates high school, she hope to attend MTSU and become a physical therapist. She loves helping people and has a heart to work with the elderly.

When I asked Maranisha why kids should go to Streets, she said that Streets keeps you out of trouble, gives you hope, and makes you a better person.

Maranisha's portrait is part of a series of ten that I'm doing of Streets kids, called Faces of Streets. My mission is to honor these kids through my art and encourage people to support Streets. You can read more about the project and see the other portraits here.