"It is easier to build a strong child than to repair a broken man." - Frederick Douglass

Lionel Carter Bio

Courtesy of Lionel Carter

Lionel Carter was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago on July 12, 1984. While growing up in the urban community he faced numerous challenges that helped him to become the person he is today.

Carter attended DePaul University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology as well as a Master of Social Work later in 2011. During his challenge hope and optimism helped him accomplish his goal of becoming a first generational college student achieving nothing less than a  3.5 G.P.A. throughout his studies on Lincoln Park’s Campus.

While growing up in the urban community the streets were calling him. As a cub in the jungle, Carter always knew that violence, drugs, and hanging on street corners were not the way to go. Morals and values were instilled in this bold young man who was determined not to continue down the same path as family and friends before him. While being a full-time City Colleges of Chicago student, Carter met a man who he had no clue would become a brother, friend, uncle, mentor, and father figure.

A young man with dreams and ambitions destined to overcome whatever trials he faced began to struggle with the identity of self and what he wanted to become. He changed his major numerous times; being unsure of what he wanted to become.

“Walking on a Dream” he began to take a look at his childhood struggles and resources he lacked in the urban community and became discouraged. That discouragement of what was seen in his community caused Carter to become a person who would pursue his future helping, motivating, supporting, and providing resources to those in the communities in Chicago and surrounding areas.

He sought advice from career counselors, teachers, and other mentors in order to get some sense of direction into his future. Now he plans to share his voice in The New School program through soul binding strokes of a pen in journal and article writings.

Written by Lionel Carter

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