THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A Thomasville organization is making positive changes in the community, inspiring young men to become successful leaders.
Growing up is tough, and when kids don't have positive role models guiding them, they may get off track.
"I didn't care about nothing or no one. I just cared about myself," said 15-year-old Lyndon Jackson.
Jackson says he's a completely different person after joining "Relief from the Streets" one year ago. A group started by a man who says he never had someone to look up to.
"I was getting in trouble a whole lot. I went to federal prison, and that's when I found my purpose. Something better for me to do," said Rico Walker.
For almost five years now, Walker has partnered young boys who are struggling in school with behavior issues and grades, with mentors. Teaching them what it truly means to be a man.
"If you've got somebody to come alongside you and tell you, 'You can do it,' just that one little instance can make a change in that child's life," said Alvin Sampson.
And that support is the reason behind success stories of former members, who dropped out of high school, but got back on the right track, many of them either going to college, or joining the military.
"To be able to change one of these kids' minds, it's all worth it," said Sampson.
Now, Jackson describes himself as a leader. And this Saturday, he'll be leading the group's rally to bring character back to the streets of Thomasville.
The rally will take place at the Big Lots on Jackson Street Saturday April 4, at 9 a.m.