I had a few problems in my own life, and I know what these kids are going through. It’s my passion to lend a helping hand.
Christopher was born in Washington, DC and joined the Army in 1984, serving four years as a construction engineer. After he was discharged, he bounced around in odd jobs, made some ill-advised choices, and then as he says, "I decided to do right." His friend Tamisha will join him on the cruise.
Just as Christopher was turning his life around, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Burkitts Lymphoma. He went through a year of chemo but refused a bone marrow transplant, resigning himself to whatever would happen. He made a promise if God would restore his life, Christopher would help disenfranchised youth get back on the right track. He survived, got a degree in commercial advertising, set up his own marketing business, and now works every day helping at-risk children. Says Christopher: "It's 22 years later, and I'm still here. I know God has more work for me to do."
Christopher works with "Save Our Children in Time" to help put at-risk youth on a law abiding and productive path. He is often in the community and at the courthouse working with the juvenile justice system to get youths off the streets and into programs like his. They work with each child individually to understand where he or she needs help. This includes personal structure building, educational counseling, and life skills training and nurturing. Says Christopher: "Our work is successful because we challenge the intellect and maximize the potential of each child. We stick with them for up to five years. This is not a hit and run program." Christopher has worked with hundreds of youth along the way, and many of them return as mentors themselves.
Christopher still runs his business but manages to work with Save Our Children in Time for four to eight hours a day. He has kept his promise to God, continuing to strengthen and enhance the lives of our youth. Says Christopher: "This program saves lives and is too important to just glide through. We work daily to reclaim the lives of at-risk youth; build character, courage, and confidence, and then return law abiding citizens back to their families and communities."