Cardi B received a mentoring award from the New York City Police Department on Friday (Feb. 24) and shared her uphill success story with attendees.
Cardi B said of her peers: "Sometimes that's peer pressure like on a girl,' and "You're incredible."
"Community service has been the greatest thing that has happened to me," the rapstress of "Up" tweets. "They just need somebody to talk and a little push," she says.
Cardi speaks to the youth during a gathering, according to the New York Police Department's Twitter feed.
Cardi, a retired police lieutenant, received some outcry for her in the midst of the great experience.
"Watch @NYPDnews associate with @iamcardib, who was a "known criminal," for being friends with @RogerJStoneJr. "FYI Roger was not drugging and robbing John's of their $ and jewelry, Cardi and her WAP was." #TheFinestUnfiltered
'I committed the crime,' the mother-of-two tweeted while on her way to the police academy after getting up early to work in a music studio.
Cardi B said following her community service sentence, "Becoming accountable for your actions is a part of growing up and maturing. As a mother, it's a habit that I'm attempting to instill in my children, but the example starts with me."
"These moments don't define me, they aren't reflective of who I am today," she said.
Cardi née Belcalis Almanzar must complete her community service by the 1st of March in order to avoid a three-week prison sentence. She has been chronicling her day-to-day court duties throughout the week.