Determined to Make a Difference
Marian Wright Edelman | 12/12/2012, 12:20 p.m.
But Safe In My Brother's Arms and Wayne Harris as a mentor made a big difference in Raymond's life. Raymond increased his academic success despite being homeless. He was such a model student that he was invited to become an intern with the program and serve as a tutor of others. Harris encouraged Raymond to apply for CDF's Beat the Odds award, saying, "[Raymond] could be the Beat the Odds poster child . . ."
If we could bottle what so many youths like Raymond have, we would have a generation of young people determined to succeed despite all odds--and if we could bottle what Wayne Harris has, we would have many needed adults in every community willing to step up to do whatever it takes to support them. Become one of those adults for children and youths in your community today and find out what you can do to change the odds for children struggling to succeed.
Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.