This week the Illinois State Library spotlights Literacy Chicago.
Growing up in the housing projects of Chicago made life hard for this adult student. After being expelled from school, he battled drug addiction and ended up in prison. Released from prison, he fought the temptation to go back to his old life. Instead, he chose to study at Literacy Chicago to improve his reading and resume his education. He also enrolled in classes at Safer Foundation to learn how to use the computer.
These newly acquired reading and computer skills allowed the student to start a thriving business. He sells CDs, DVDs, and children’s clothing. The business helped him purchase a car and obtain additional jobs at the Salvation Army and a flower shop. He has reconnected with his 15-year-old son and helps elderly people in his neighborhood. This student is a great example for his fellow classmates. He is living proof that anyone can change their life drastically for the good!