Khary's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Full Circle

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Harlem, NY

KHARY LAZARRE-WHITE

Cofounder
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

“The greatest force that people bring to having successful lives that excite them-that make them happy, that make them able to contribute to society-is to find out what they really love to do.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Education Inspiration Passion Desire Experience Beliefs & Faith Transitions Money & Financial Security Self-Reflection Success

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

Brotherhood Sister Sol, contribute, desire, drugs, education, expectations, gangs, igniting, inequity, leadership, life, mentor, mentorship, political, poverty, reality, self discovery, social-entrepreneur, social justice, social problems

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in a neighborhood of New York City that trafficked ninety percent of the city's cocaine intake.
  • Inspired him to work to break the cycles of poverty around him by giving young people the opportunity to get an education, follow their dreams.
  • Started by working with young men at a community center; many were involved with gangs and drug dealing.
  • Within a year, he was able to get almost all of them back in school and on the right path.
  • Realized that involvement and mentorship actually could turn lives around.
  • Viewed the situation in Harlem as "urgent," so he "just started doing the work," eventually built a nonprofit and got it off the ground.
  • Says that too many youths in America are still limited by their zip code or the color of their skin, so his goal is to provide them with equal opportunities.
  • Believes the best way for people to contribute to society is by finding something that they really love to do.

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