With the high rate of Orlando residents living in poverty and on welfare, many are struggling to create a better life for themselves. A college education is one of the best ways to become self-sufficient. Having a college degree reduces people’s chances of being unemployed by 50% and therefore drastically reduces their chances of living in poverty.
William Umansky, an Orlando attorney, recognized the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty. While running a successful law practice focused on giving individuals second chances, he saw children suffering as a result of their parents’ mistakes and subsequent incarceration. He knew their chances of going to college were slim to none.
Wanting to give back to his community, he established this 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in 2011, which focuses on helping high school seniors get a second chance to go to college. He is particularly compelled to help those students who continue doing well in school despite their parents imprisonment, wanting to further their chances at a happy life and break the cycle of despair.