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Homeless to Harvard! Philadelphia Teen gets full ride to Ivy League School | WATCH



18-year old Richard Jenkins went from living homeless to having a full ride to Harvard last week. Richard, who intends to study Artificial Intelligence and create the first sentient artificial intelligence program told ABC News:

I view it as like, a symbol that hard work does pay off, and also that faith pays off as well because I had faith in myself that I could do something like that, not even that I could go to Harvard but that life would work out for me, like things would get better.

Richard Jenkins who is also a successful essay writer attributed his success to an education nonprofit, Mighty Writers that provides free writing classes to over 3,000 inner-city Philadelphia kids a year. He said:

Mighty Writers was very helpful to me because it helped me gain a sense of confidence with my writing skill because essays are a huge part of the college application process, and had it not been for Mighty Writers honing what some would call just raw skill in writing, I don’t think that my essays would’ve been as good as they could’ve been.

Watch his CNN interview below:


  1. quietconfidence

    May 27, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    What an inspiring story! Have faith and believe in yourself even when the odds are against you.

  2. Princess

    May 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    This is beautiful. Some may endure more obstacles than others, but hard work will prevail.

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