A group of Cleveland youth are investing in a future that could be filled with bright opportunities.
Jamal Collins is a graphic designer who also mentors kids at the Boys and Girls Club.
"I’m teaching them how to be design thinkers. And that’s creating content, social responsibility, marketing,” said Collins. “These guys need some type of role-model. Need something to look forward to, especially positivity.”
Collins said he’s sharing what he learned in college.
“I just like giving back to them. I know what I needed when I was growing up. They can start making money now. It’s my duty to find the creative kids. I don’t care how old they are; they could be 9-years-old. If they can click a mouse, they can design. They should be learning how to set up their websites. They should be monetizing their YouTube pages.”
Collins said sometimes, the skills kids have learned are used to remember fallen loved ones.
“He was walking with a friend, and somebody shot him over a girl,” said Rocheil Taylor. “She was in a car at the wrong time with somebody at the wrong place.”
“This is Paul, he got tortured in his house. Somebody drove him to East Cleveland and burned him alive,” said Robert Taylor.
Collins said he began the program as a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club.