It was a cold day in January when my scholar, Vidal Chastanet, met Brandon Stanton, the founder of the popular blog "Humans of New York."
Brandon shared the story of a young man from Brownsville who had witnessed violence firsthand, by witnessing a man being thrown off of a roof.
Yet he can still be influenced by a principal who had opened up a school that believes in all children.
Vidal embodies the story of so many of our underprivileged children who are struggling to survive,
which is why we must make education a priority.
Brandon's post created a global sensation that touched the lives of millions.
This resulted in 1.4 million dollars being raised for our scholars to attend field trips to colleges and universities,
Summer STEAM programs, as well as college scholarships.
You need to understand that when 200 young people from Brownsville visited Harvard,
they now understood that a college of their choice was a real possibility.
And the impossibilities that had been imposed upon them by a disadvantaged community were replaced by hope and purpose.