Bios - Meet our Team
Yahaira Marie Stewart, was born on September 29, in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI. She has grown up experiencing a life in which struggle was pertinent to survive, but with strong determination to have better for her two children. Becoming a statistic and having a child at the age of 16 made her much more determined, to not hear the “I TOLD YOU SO” of society and her family. She pressed forward and received not only her High School Diploma and Associates Degree, but was able to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Sociology at Bowie State University class of 2006. Among her struggles of having two young children while pursuing her education, she found herself in a homeless shelter, but was once again determined to not along the lowest of circumstances deter her. She never once dropped out of school and maintained her work schedule among all. It is because her adversities that she is very passionate about this show, and want to do her part in giving back and allowing those in need a chance at the American Dream.
Alicia Gebhardt was born February 23, outside of Pittsburgh PA.
At the age of 15 she was involved in a serious car accident. In the following
year in addition to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Alicia was diagnosed with a
Chiari Malformation and a growth on her brain, and underwent a serious brain
surgery at the age of 17. Although the surgery was performed other issues
remained, along with the TBI which is incurable. For over 17 years Alicia has,
and will continue to live in chronic pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Being in pain every minute of every day takes its toll on one both physically
and mentally, but Alicia continued to persevere. She graduated High School on
time and with her keen eye, knack with color, and love of textiles, continued on
to college where she studied interior design. During college she started working
for an interior design firm in Northern Virginia, working on residential and
commercial projects throughout Va, Md, and Dc; helping thousands of clients
transform their house into their home. She continued to work their for over 12
years until the start of this show.
From the outside Alicia looks like a normal, healthy woman but physically
suffers daily. This has opened her eyes to how many causes that are not only
misunderstood, but that also need our help. Knowing firsthand how hard it is to
deal with a debilitating illness gives this show special meaning for Alicia.
Even with what she will continue to deal with for the rest of her life, she
realized that she is lucky to be alive. Alicia wants to give back to others who
are suffering from their own hardships; ones who, without our help, may never be
able to achieve their piece of the American Dream.
A native of Washington, DC,Kamillah Matthews has been performing since 2002. While training inperforming arts, Kamillah. learned the value of her community and sought out volunteering opportunities. At an early age, she had one of her mosttransformative experiences. Kamillah, along with 13 other District of Columbia school students and teachers, traveled to Ethiopiain the summer of 2004 for a two week learning service trip.
While there Kamillah was exposed to some of the most pressing social issues of thatcountry. Many of the people lacked the basic needs of life -housing, health care, education, food, and even clean drinking water.
Since then Kamillah has dedicated herself to volunteering. She was recognized forserving over 100 hours of volunteerism at Howard University Hospital and over 90hours with Brainfood, an organization that promotes nutritional education. Trinity University acknowledged Kamillah'scommitment to her community in 2008 with its Outstanding Community Service Award. For the next four years, the University continued to acknowledge Kamillah's community service with four consecutive Aspiring Leaders Awards.
In May2012, Kamillah graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. Shortly after graduating, Kamillah joined the reality television show "This is Your American Dream". Kamillah felt that the show would be a great opportunity to spread the spirit ofvolunteerism in America.