Total loan: $7,500


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Chicago, IL, United States / Services

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Carl's story

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I didn't see many opportunities. I have seen so many things that children shouldn't see, and I was surrounded by violence and hopelessness. By the time I got to high school, I was already on a dark path, littered with behavioral issues and bad grades, but one day I met someone who found me at the right time and shifted that path for me. My mentor, a successful business, took me and some of my peers under his wing, and he showed us a world of opportunities and not only how I can achieve reach them, but just how attainable they are. This gave me the greatest boost of motivation and clarity in what I wanted my future to be. Ultimately, I graduated with high school top 5% of my class and head of my community. This motivates my passion for helping those who are in dire need of opportunities. I want to help those who aren't as fortunate to have a mentor in their life and give them opportunities that are easily attainable so long as they put in the effort to work for it. I want to help connect anybody, no matter the background, to the biggest names in any industry and take their career however far they want.