NEW YORK (BP) -- Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, Shamar Smith is no stranger to the lifestyle and perils that mark the lives of many in the neighborhood; his own brother is already serving out a sentence on Rikers Island, New York's primary jail complex. Had Smith not found his safe haven through Graffiti 2 Community Ministries, his path might have looked the same.
A high school student, Smith has attended the ministries' after-school program for years. "Without Graffiti 2, without Andrew," he said, "... I don't know where I might have ended up." Read More