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Maysa Duarte Akbar

Maysa is a child and adolescent psychologist committed to reaching underserved populations, particularly at-risk and gang-involved youth. Her non-profit therapeutic mentoring has implemented an innovative program titled VETTS (Veterans Empowering Teens Through Support). The VETTS program matches military veteran mentors with juvenile justice system involved youth to provide support, guidance, and empowerment as the youth transition to living a positive, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Abandoned at the age of 13, Dr. Maysa Duarte Akbar has committed her life to working with underprivileged and disenfranchised populations, a situation which she endured throughout childhood. Dr. Akbar strongly believes that even if she is able to provide support for and save even just one child, her work on this earth is accomplished.