I have spent 35 years working with at-risk children, youth, and teachers in Dekalb County and Atlanta City Schools. It is such a joy to work with these young folks who struggle through immense challenges, such as poverty, single-parent families, lack of nutritious food, no money, and feeling hopeless. For example, I am a founding member of the Dukes Foundation and continue on the Advisory Board today. We work in South Atlanta High School with 30 boys each year. Most of our youth go on to college and have great hope for the future. We help by giving them tools to create meaningful lives.