Robert Malone had grown tired of seeing negative news coverage of the young boys in his community outside of Washington, D.C. constantly involved in violence. When he asked himself what he could do to make a change in this pattern, a spark was ignited inside of him. He knew so many upstanding men in his community, men with good hearts and good intentions, and he decided to mobilize them to inspire these kids and lead them to a better future.
It started as a side project. Once a week, husband and wife Jim and Melinda Hollandsworth stopped by a mobile home park in Loganville, Ga., to help local kids with their homework. Here in Gwinnett Estates, a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, very few students were graduating high school — creating a cycle of poverty for the families who called this community home.