John Solomon is an advocate, strategist, and liaison from Philadelphia, PA. Upon his re-entry to society after spending nearly five years in prison for a gun violence offense, John has made it his mission to change the narrative for young black males that are often conflicted with choosing between life in prison or being a victim of premature death by homicide. Often quoted, "The first law of nature is self-preservation," John knows first-hand what it’s like to have to risk his freedom to protect his life. At the innocent age of 15, he was shot in his arm and chest by a neighborhood rivalry. The sense of fearing for one's life is a misconceived reality that many young black males battle with and can’t seem to escape. Since founding Endangered Kind, John has spoken candidly about the effects of being a product of his environment.