Growing up in central Orlando, Nakaissia Reed found interest in giving back to the community she calls home by helping children that may have had a similar experience as hers. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Reed studied Psychology and Behavioral Healthcare. As an undergraduate, she chose to research the role of youth advocates and conducted a focus group seeking to inform the community on the importance of youth advocacy. She received a B.A. in psychology and minored in Behavioral Healthcare focusing on applied behavior analysis. Before working with U.S. Dream Academy, Reed worked at Pasco Juvenile Detention Center where she gained insight into the juvenile justice system, studied restorative justice, and assessed the community that at-risk children endure.