Jamel, age 16, lives in the Bronx and is a young man of many talents and admirable qualities – he’s charismatic, confident, excels at basketball and is on his way to becoming a strong leader. Among Jamel’s most impressive traits are his sharp mind and his focus on academics. Jamel has set ambitious goals for himself and plans to attend college after he graduates high school.
Though he’s had to overcome struggles in his life, The Foundling’s Mott Haven Leadership Program has ensured that he’s never alone in facing them. Jamel credits his discipline, drive and principles to his involvement in the program, which he considers a second home.