Total loan: $9,000


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New York, NY, United States / Entertainment

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John's story

As a budding young actor growing up in the seventies I witnessed the South Bronx burn. Because I appreciated the need for fire safety education, in 1983 when I became a NYC Firefighter I created The Rappin Fireman Fire Safety Program. My program allowed me to use my acting skills to educate children about Fire-Safety. For 37 years I’ve edu-tained over 1 million NYC school children. In 2009 I began producing and directing cultural theatre for children. I created The EHRP Youth Theatre Program designed to keep kids off the streets by giving them an opportunity for self-expression through the arts. Each year we perform in front of 30,000 attendees. In a nationwide search in 2020, Universal/NBC coined me The New Mr. Rodger's for my years of service! Helping children is my passion.