Steven L. Spearman is an Erie, Pennsylvania native entrepreneur and the founder of the Spearman’s Youth Development Center. Steven has worked with many people from all walks of life, working his experiences into physical results for some, and life-long mentorships for others. He can tell you that life comes with highs and lows, but at the end of the day, it’s about setting goals and being determined to not give up.
Being born to teenage parents, Steven was raised by his maternal grandmother while his mother bounced back, graduated high school, and went on to higher education. He would eventually reconnect with his father, forming a fruitful relationship with him.
Although Steven’s mother would return educated, she would a short time later become a drug addict during what would be considered the beginning of a vicious epidemic of drug abuse within the inner-cities of the United States brought on by the introduction of Crack-Cocaine. As a result, young Steven would remain with his grandmother.
Despite his living situation, Steven had no shortage of friends. Those same friends would suit up during little league football seasons, with Steven often creating and leading exercise regimes as they walked and road bikes to and from practices.
Shuttling between two worlds, habits were picked up along this journey where the temptation of things he wanted was limited by his finances, causing the wheels of ambition to turn in his head.
With no father in his life and his mother absent due to addiction, his parochial school classmates would sometimes question how he was dealing with his living situation. Being raised by his grandmother and commuting from the humble project neighborhood gave him a unique perspective, nurturing the response, “it’s all I know”, so there wasn’t anything to miss or hold onto.