‘Humans of New York’ Founder Raises $1 Million for Inner City Kids to Visit Harvard

Brandon Stanton, the founder of the popular photography blog Humans of New York, was so inspired by a recent visit to a Brooklyn middle school, that he decided to do something to help the students. Stanton talked to a young student at the school who praised principle Nadia Lopez saying, “She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”

The conversation impacted Stanton so much that he launched a crowd-funding campaign that will allow kids from Mott Hall Bridges school to visit the campus of Harvard University. Stanton explained, “Since many of her scholars have never left New York, [Lopez] wants them to know what it feels like to stand on the campus of one of the world’s top schools, and know that they belong.” With a week still to go, the “Let’s Send Kids to Harvard” page has already brought in more than $1 million …

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