Young Fitchburg Resident Shares His Story

Madison Chamber IceBreakerAt the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s IceBreaker luncheon on June 2nd, hundreds of Madison area business leaders heard from a Facebook executive and viral media expert, but AJ Carr, a freshman from Exploration Academy at Verona High School, brought the house down.

Carr discussed his experiences growing up in the Madison area, the murder of three family members, the toughness of his mother and homelessness. The city has a long way to go to narrow racial divides, he said, but the divide is not insurmountable.

Once deemed “a menace to society” by a Madison school principal, Carr asked the crowd, “Can you imagine what this city would be like if every kid had a mentor? Really, think about it. Someone to help them cultivate the talents they already have. Not only would we have less violence, we’d have a lot more successful kids. Please don’t count us out. Say ‘yes’ to us.”

Carr is the founder of Building Bosses, a nonprofit designed to teach youth about leadership and entrepreneurship. He is also an actor who has landed roles on PBS’ “Mercy Street” and NBC’s “Chicago PD.”

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