Taking the kid out of the city is easy enough to do, but then try putting that kid up about 40 feet in the air on a zip line, or put him face to face with a giraffe, and now you have an experience that kid, or young adult, will most likely never forget.
A group of about 20 students from Glen Mills Schools — a residential facility for court-adjudicated youth between 12 and 18 — got off the bus and spent the day exploring (all Elmwood Park Zoo) has to offer, writes John McDevitt for kywnewsradio.com
Successful business owner Lance Bachmann, president and CEO of tech firm 1SEO.com, sponsored the day because he was once in these teens’ shoes.
“I spent two years at Glen Mills — most people don’t know that,” he admitted. “So people are ashamed of that growing up as a kid. I always tell people I’m not ashamed of that at all. I had no control. I’m one of 14 children, grew up poor, single mother, abusive father — just not a good environment, and Glen Mills helped save my life.”
Bachmann told the kids to never let your past dictate your future — and he made his words a reality for one young student.
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