The Chicago Defender has a great story about a south side teenager who is working hard to make his dreams come true, despite all the hardships he's had to face.
18-year-old LaSean Lyles Jr. just returned from the 2010 Disney Dreamers Academy in Florida. He was chosen from thousands of applicants to be a part of the mentoring program sponsored by Steve Harvey based on an essay written by his Mom. It detailed his life, including an early disability and being the victim of a mob attack. Lyles tells the Chicago Defender he made a promise to his mom after that attack:
"Ma, I'm not ever gone give up. They jumped me but they didn't take my pride."
Read more about how Lyles is rejecting a life of gangs and violence and pushing toward his dream of being in the NBA.
Here's the link to a very inspiring story by Rhonda Gillespie: Good kid turns dreamer at Disney academy