Tray was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. Tray was raised in a single family household and moved around the Chicago area a few times, and is a product of Chicago Public schools. He enrolled into Urban prep Charter Academy For Young Men as a freshman in 2006 and graduated in 2010. Afterward, Tray went to college in Ohio at Denison University and then transferred to Eastern Illinois University where he is currently a senior working towards his Bachelor's in Sociology. Tray got involved with social justice while working with the Chicago Freedom Schools as a sophmore in high school. He was inspired with making change and influencing youth coming from a low-income community surrounded by street violence and drugs.
Tray has worked with at risk youth for the past three years around Chicago and Evanston and is glad to have the opportunity to be a part of AmeriCorps and to be a part of the middle school team with Nichols. Tray likes to travel, play sports, socialize with friends and listen to music. He also likes to learn about different cultures through forms of art. His goal for this school year is to grow as a mentor and to build his leadership skills, and also to build stable relationships with youth. He wants to help meet youth's needs to the best of his ability.