After completing three years of LaunchPad, Robert pursues a future in athletics and architecture instead of joining a gang. And with an Olympic dream in mind, the 15-year-old shows no signs of turning back.
Robert admits he got into fights nearly every day during his first year, but LaunchPad intervened. He began to pay attention in class and found a love for math. He asked his dad what careers involved math and chose architecture.
“I want to build big houses. And if I have the money, I want to build homes for homeless people,” he says.
Robert kept excelling in the LaunchPad programs even when his friends thought there was something wrong with him.
“There were still people around me that encouraged me to do stuff that I didn’t want to,” he says. “And I’m sure I would be doing it now if it wasn’t for Mr. David.”
The high school freshman spent his summer weight training and anxiously waiting for football season to start. Already being noticed by college coaches, Robert’s athletic career is just beginning.
“It’s way better than what I used to do back before I met Mr. David,” he says. “Life is way more fun than having to be worried about someone trying to kill you or worrying about owing money to someone because of drugs. It’s way better just playing sports and being a good athlete.”
With his sights set on Baylor University and one day running the 100 meter dash in the Olympics, Robert continues to apply lessons learned in LaunchPad.
“He [Mr. David] tells me to never give up. That’s the main thing. Put your mind to what you want to do, and you can do whatever you want. You have to want to do it. You can’t just say it.”
By Megan Martinez @megmikmartinez | email@example.com