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Total loan: $8,500

Robert

Rochester, NY, United States / Arts

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A loan helped an artistic development and mentoring center for at-risk youth.


Robert's story

My mother migrated here from the south with her three children. She only had a 3rd-grade education because she was a sharecroppers daughter and had to work in the fields on most days. She worked cleaning houses from sun up to sun down to keep a roof over our head. My days were un-supervised, and my neighborhood was saturated with negative influences. Had it not been for poetry, writing, acting, and several influential male role models, my fate would have been jails, institutions, or death. A lot of the kids I grew up with weren't as fortunate, and now I see their children falling into the same inner city traps. I know I can save some of them. That is, was and will always be my motivation.