Making a difference one student at a time

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shawn Boyd is doing everything he can to help Memphis teens get to college.

One of the students he recently worked with just graduated from the University of Memphis.

Seria Ross was a junior at East High School when she met life coach Shawn Boyd.

Ross was hesitant about going to college but the Shawn Boyd Project helped change her mind.

"He showed me that there's an outlet. I come from the Binghampton community and a lot of times when you come from certain communities, they let the community make them," she said.

Boyd said he helps give teen the tools they need to prepare for college.

In the past he has visited schools and churches, teaching young people how to set long and short term goals, fill out college applications and even show them how to find valuable information about colleges.

"It's amazing from the stories I hear. 'Hey Mr. Boyd, you helped me make it through, I was going to quit at one point. I didn't know how I was going to pay for college or make it through college but just having that support system just kind of pushed me along,'" he said.

When we spoke with her, Ross said she is now taking what Boyd taught her and using it for the City's Ambassador Program.

"At the Memphis Ambassadors Program we teach them values and life skills and we teach them college goals and things like that. We get them prepared for college," she said.

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