Nico:  Breaking the Cycle

Nico’s father Anthony wanted a different path for his children. His own father was incarcerated during Anthony’s childhood and he had no role model to help guide him.

“I don’t know how many of you understand what it’s like as a parent to send your child out into the streets of Washington, D.C. every day knowing that the violent crime rate has almost doubled in a year and that young black men continue often to be the victimizers and the victims,” Anthony says.

Nico recalls that during elementary school, he often got into fights and didn’t care about school. In middle school, he struggled to keep his focus on his school work. “He was a good kid,” says his father; “but, he preferred to be the class clown rather than a serious student.” 

Then Nico joined the CSF middle school HERO program and with the help of mentors, he began to realize his potential. 

“They taught me a lot about life and in particular the value of respecting myself and understanding that education opens all doors to success,” Nico says. 


Now Nico’s future seems incredibly bright, including meeting President Barack Obama as well as participating in the Central America Youth Ambassadors Program through Georgetown University and travelling to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and many other locations. Read more about Nico’s incredible story in an Alaska Airlines magazine article.



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