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Urban Heartbeats: Emanuel’s Story

Urban Youth Impact Kept Me Out of Trouble

I was adopted by my grandmother at age six and moved to Florida in 2003. I grew up in Dunbar Village, right off of Tamarind Avenue. Despite the nightly gunshots I heard outside my window I had big dreams and believed God had something more for me than running with the street crowds.

UYI kept me out of trouble and helped me find my first job through the Summer Work Program in 2006. I’m thankful that Urban Youth Impact provided a safe place where I could do homework and play basketball.

When I was 14 years old, I adopted UYI’s mission to love, equip, and empower inner-city youth to fulfill their God-given purpose. I had a dream of becoming an attorney. My grandmother instilled a desire in me to make life fair for everyone. And I thought if I became an attorney I could ensure justice, civil and human rights, social action and economic empowerment, childhood education, poverty alleviation, and environmental conservation.

In my sophomore year of high school I enrolled in the Pre-Law Program at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School. UYI helped me find internships in law offices. I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College in 2014 and returned to West Palm Beach to work for the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb.

In March 2016, I was honored when my longtime employer, Craig Goldenfarb, owner of the Law Office of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. established the Emanuel McMiller Scholarship for Higher Education. This scholarship will be awarded to high school seniors who are or were graduates of Urban Youth Impact.

I’m grateful to UYI for investing in me through my foundational years! They encouraged me to find my God-given purpose. As a future attorney, I hope to advocate for others as described in my guiding Bible verse, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” —Proverbs 31:8-9. I want to give back to my community, and to ensure that students who are the “underdogs”, have the tools and the self-confidence to be successful and follow their dreams.

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