Meet Shadeed Wallace-Stepter of FirstWatch

Meet Shadeed Wallace-Stepter of FirstWatch

My name is Shadeed Wallace-Stepter, but I mostly go by "Sha" (which is pronounced Shah). I'm 36 years old and I was born in San Francisco, the middle child of four brothers. I'm currently serving a 27 year-to-life prison sentence for assault with a firearm and attempted robbery, a crime I committed my junior year in high school. The person I was when I committed my crime is a far cry from who I am now. Where in the past I was a self-absorbed, manipulator who found my worth in material possessions, today I am a self-aware, compassionate adult who finds value through being of service. I've been incarcerated for nearly two decades now and since 2009 I've been housed at San Quentin. During my time at San Quentin, I've had the opportunity to complete a number of self-help programs, and I've also had the opportunity to earn an A.A. degree. While pursuing my education I was fortunte enough to study business and during this time, I found my passion, which is entrepreneurship - actually, I think I'm obsessed with entreneurship. Since 2011, I've worked with San Quentin Television as a content developer where I've produced a number of audio and video projects. In 2016, I curated TED x San Quentin, where I also gave a talk; I'm the Chairman of the Society of Professional Journalist - San Quentin; I'm the Lead Facilitator of the First Step Curriculan, a self-help program that deals primarily with childhood trauma; and I'm also the Vice Chairman of Kid CAT, a self-help program that serves unique needs of men who committed their crimes as juveniles and received adult life sentences.