My mother died when I was 3 years old. My father died when I was 10 years old. I was homeless as a child. I was raised in various foster homes. I was a tattooed gang member in my preteens. I have been shot. I have been stabbed. I took 45 stitches to my right arm. I lost the hearing in my right ear trying to stop a fight. I was strung out on drugs for 10 years. Yet, I believe all of this was God`s way of preparing me for my present task, Mentoring. After loosing my own grandson to the federal prison system at 16 years old, we knew we had to do something. We try to keep our students engaged so they wont make the same mistakes. We try to help students, that are going through similar situations, learn how to cope and survive. Click to hear our radio interview on FM 97.9, 102.1 and 92.1 THE BALLER ACADEMY is my contribution to this effort. My prayer is to influence as many of our students as possible and guide them toward successful careers.
Working with our local youth has been extremely rewarding. I had the experience of growing up on the tough streets of 3rd Ward, 5th Ward and Sunnyside and can attest to the trouble our youth can get into without proper guidance. Our mentoring team`s best asset is our ability to relate to our students and help guide them to make good choices. Our philosophy is to instill positive events and images in our students minds. We have seen this philosophy guide several students to promising collegiate and professional careers.
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