Former NFL Pro-Bowler Bart Scott recently appeared at a fundraising event for a local mentoring program that helps young men from disadvantaged communities. Platinum Minds, a New Jersey based non-profit, honored Scott for his work in the community at their “Empowering Leaders” dinner at the Old Mille Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. His former NY Jets team mate, Brandon Moore, presented the award.
“We are answering the prayers of families to provide needed support for their sons,” says Yvette Long, mother of two daughters, and the organizations founder.
She launched the New Jersey-based non-profit in 2006, after reading an article about the daily pressure and intimidation inner-city children face as they cross dangerous gang territories en route to school.
“Too many boys are dying on the streets and too many children are allowed to fail in the educational system,” said Long.
Platinum Minds mentors boys, many from lower-income neighborhoods in Newark and Asbury Park, from middle school through high school, providing them with academic support and enrichment programs that prepare them for college and career. Since it’s inception, 98% of Platinum Mind’s participants have graduated from high school and enrolled in college.
At this year’s dinner, two graduating seniors announced plans to attend the University of Maryland and New York University, both on nearly full scholarships.
Alumna Christian Brown-Singleton, now a senior at Rutgers University, announced that he will graduate Summa Cum Laude, and soon after, begin work with JP Morgan. He told the audience that Platinum Minds “changed his life”, diverting him from the gang violence that that plagued his neighborhood.
To learn more about the organization visit www.platinumminds.org.