Curtis grew up in a community where parents worked several jobs so their family could survive, where everyone was profiled, and crime seemed to be the only path to prosperity.
By the time he was eleven, ten of his friends had been killed. Schools were at best a parking lot where students were yelled at by teachers who said they have no value.
As Curtis says: ‘In real life, you’re seven, but where I grew up, you’re 21.’
Curtis Carmichael has a plan to break the cycle of poverty in marginalized communities. He is the founder of Source Code Academy which will be Canada’s first culture-focused innovation and entrepreneurship academy for Black, Indigenous and low-income children in communities like his. His intent is to tap into the ingrained entrepreneurship that exists within communities that have to get creative to survive and bridge the educational gap and digital divide. Their intent is: No Child Left Behind.
You will be inspired and my bet is that one day you will vote for this exceptional young man.
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