If you walked into Tyrique’s community center in South Phillidelphia, you’d see a man dedicating his days to the kids of his neighborhood. But it wasn’t always that way.
Tyrique has lived a life of drug-dealing, crime, prison, and has been shot 11 times. For years he ran the block, but decided to turn his life around.
“I got tired of my community following me in a negative direction and I wanted them to follow me in a positive direction.”
Today, Tyrique runs a community center out of a building he used to use for drug-dealing. The center gives children a safe place to enjoy summer camps, afterschool activities, or just play and get off the streets. He coaches a flag football team and a girl’s dance team, and helps connect people with addiction therapy, GED classes, and mental health counseling.