Thanks to rapper Common spreading the word and the ‘Teach For America’ foundation campaigning on his behalf, 19-year-old James Ward, who has been homeless for the past four years, will be going off to college at Howard University this Fall with over $12,000 raised for his tuition through PayPal donations from strangers.
James, his mother, and his two younger siblings have been homeless and living in different California shelters, homes of relatives and even his mom’s car since he was 14. In February of last year, the family began staying at the Union Rescue Mission in the Skid Row district of Los Angeles and although he’s been in three high schools in the last four years, no matter what he was going through behind the scenes he graduated from San Pedro High School.
His dream became a reality after he met Jessica Sutherland, a junior producer at Yahoo! Studios who was a guest speaker at the Union Rescue Mission. She grew up as a teenager in homeless shelters and knew what James was going through so she decided to start campaigning online for him to raise money for college to make his dream a reality, especially since he was denied a loan because of his mother’s credit.
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