I took a wrong turn early in life. I robbed a convenience store and landed in jail. That could have been the end of my story, but I was given a second chance at Urban Youth Impact and found a new beginning. Growing up in the Tamarind Avenue community, people like me don’t think we have any other choice.
While serving my prison sentence for armed robbery, I had a lot of time to come up with a plan for life. I had a son to think about and I wanted to raise him to make better choices than I did. I knew UYI had a reputation of being a place of redemption.
Mr. Bill was gracious and hired me to do maintenance work around the Dream Center. I was glad for a second chance in life and began to take responsibility for my choices. I earned a GED, started raising my son, and got married. I was later promoted to the Disciplinary Assistant at The Leadership Academy.
Faith in Jesus transformed my life and priorities. I know there are more people like me, who want a chance to leave the streets and start over. UYI is one of the few places in the hood pointing kids to a better way of life. I’m involved in Bow Down Church and we do neighborhood prayer walks. Our vision is to have a house on every street. I’m on a mission to change my community with music and loving people with the Gospel.
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