It was 1995 when Zackary Tutwiler, a 15-year-old homeless kid surviving in Seattle, took his first step into the world of activism.
Tutwiler, now a Real Change vendor, would go from overnight shelter to the Orion Center, a drop-in day center for young people, and back again. It was an endless cycle, and there was precious little hope of breaking it.
At the time, Tutwiler didn’t know the power of his own voice. He, like so many vulnerable youth, wasn’t listened to.