BENEFITING: GLEASONS GIVE A KID A DREAM
EVENT DATE: Nov 28, 2015
Boxing out of Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn …..Mr. Salim "Abu Aurelia" Ocasio…
When I asked Salim why he was putting himself through the hard work of preparing for participating in our event his reply was very welcomed:
“I could have probably been avoided much of the struggles I had as a young person had I been a part of program like Give a Kid a Dream. It would have very likely saved me from all hardship and suffering I put my parents and myself through as a troubled youth.”
He credits ACS for getting him bank on track and through school.”There was one counselor there, Edward Gorch, that really helped me out. I didn't feel like he was judging me at all, he just gave it to me straight: this is the situation you're in and these are your options. He introduced me to Bushwick Community High School. I went to orientation there, saw what a great place it was, and the rest is history.”
Favorite motto: We are who we choose to be. “Wherever you come from, whatever hand life dealt you, in the end we choose who we are and what defines us.”
What are your greatest accomplishments?
“Check back with me 17 years from now. If I've raised my daughter to be an intelligent, strong, independent thinker that would be my greatest accomplishment.”
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