The POTUS is kickin the truth to the young, black, youth
Crystile Carter was abandoned by her mother at age 7, removed from her ailing grandmother’s care and shuttled among different foster homes around the city.
But on Monday, the Bronx teen found herself in a far different kind of home — the White House. The 19-year-old said she felt like she was in a dream when President Obama congratulated her for being one of five young adults selected by the Boys & Girls Club of America as winners of its Youth of the Year awards.
“When (Obama) opened the door, it was so surreal,” Carter in a phone interview with the Daily News from Washington. “He told us that, around our age, he kind of didn’t know what he wanted to do, but he knew that he wanted to make a difference.”
The chat lasted only 10 minutes, but Carter will always carry a special message from the President — written in a journal given to her by the Boys & Girls Club. “He wrote, ‘Crystile, dream big dreams,’ ” she said. “He told us it’s important to talk to kids, and to keep in mind where we came from.”
Abandoned by her mother, Carter eventually ended up with an older brother and sister in her grandmother’s home. But when her grandmother fell ill, she was separated from her siblings and placed in a group home on Staten Island — leaving her with a two-hour-plus commute to Performance Conservatory High School in the Bronx.
She persevered, and flourished at the Boys & Girls Club in Belmont, the Bronx.
Congrats to Crystile and all the “Youth Of The Year” chosen by the Boys & Girls Club!
Image via NYDailyNews/Boys & Girls Club