Isiah grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, raised by his grandmother when his parents’ addiction made it impossible for them to care for him. Frustrated and bored by brick and mortar education, he was enrolled in an online education program in 7th grade. With little structure at home, this was not the answer. When he returned to a traditional high school, he spent more time in suspension than in class. He dropped out and worked a series of low-wage fast food jobs. After five months of working at Burger King, Isiah realized he needed a high school diploma to have any career success.