Teen Overcomes Homelessness And Garners 18 College Acceptances

Dylan Chidick and Mom

Dylan Chidick, who is class president at his Jersey City, New Jersey high school, went through a bout of homelessness in 2017. He kept his housing struggles a secret from his classmates; however, his schooling was greatly affected.

In a recent Washington Post article, Dylan described his time at a New Jersey homeless shelter as “really scary.” The shelter’s dangerous environment and restrictive rules caused his grades to slip. According to the Washington Post, “The shelter disrupted his studies, with curfews butting with his habit of doing homework late into the night.” The scholar is also quoted as saying: “I was so focused on never getting back in that situation, that I was just — my studies took a hit… This senior year, I made a pact like: Get straight A’s again.”

After his family secured housing in 2017, Dylan was able to keep his pact. He has thus far been accepted to 18 colleges. Dylan Chidick’s goal is to become an attorney. After being left “shaken” by his experience with homelessness, he plans to dedicate his career to increasing the amount of justice in the world.

In regards to his bout with homelessness, the young king said, “I’m not going to let that one part define me.”

Congratulations! Keep shining young king!

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A Young Homeless New Yorker Becomes A Chess Champion

Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Young king, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, has mastered the game of kings. The 8-year old scholar, who has only been playing chess for one year, went undefeated in New York’s chess championship in the kindergarten through third grade division. He accomplished this feat while grappling with homelessness.

Tanitoluwa arrived in New York with his family in 2017 from Nigeria. The The family has not yet been able to secure stable housing.

Since winning the championship, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is planning to be the youngest chess Grandmaster ever, has garnered a lot of media attention and encouragement. Reportedly, a GoFundMe that is currently filled with more than $200,000 in donations, has been set up for Tanitoluwa and his family. It is also reported that Ex-President Bill Clinton is seeking to set up a meeting with the family.

All the best to this genius and his family.

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HMLS New Yorker Inspirational Quote: The DMX Edition

DMX

“In every situation, you can get something out of it if you’re strong enough emotionally to look past the fact you do have the right to be hurt…but you know what, let me put my hurt aside for a minute and see what I can get from the situation.” -DMX

[SIDEBAR: We go through challenges for a myriad of reasons. If we’re fortunate, we learn what those reasons are and absorb the collateral lessons. That is how we grow, and how we are placed in the right places at the right times.]

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HMLS New Yorker Inspirational Quote

Will Smith

“The question isn’t, ‘Can you handle the situation?’ The question is, ‘Can you handle your mind?’ Can you handle the thoughts and the emotions that are trying to poison your progress? Forget managing the situation, manage your mind; Training your mind to sit calmly in the edge of the storm.” -Will Smith

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The Mindset I’ve Implemented To Shake-Off The NYC Shelter System

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“Keep constantly in mind that the job of your creative mechanism is to respond appropriately to present environment- here and now. Many times, if we do not ‘stop and think’ about this, we continue to react automatically to some past environment. We do not react to the present moment, and the present situation, but to some similar event out of the past. In short we do not react to reality- but t a fiction. Full recognition of this, and realization of what you’re doing, can frequently bring about an amazingly quick ‘cure.’” -From, “Psycho-Cybernetics” By: Maxwell Maltz

[SIDEBAR: Living in the wicked chaos of the NYC shelter system means that you have to adapt to living in dangerous conditions and comply with unreasonable, counterproductive, and unnatural rules. It is not easy to shake-off the behaviors you have to take on to survive in the shelter system once you finally escape it.

For example, after leaving the shelter system, you may find yourself mentally limiting what you allow yourself to achieve during the day because you are still scheduling your goals around the limitations that you have been previously forced to adapt to. To shake-off the unnatural way of life I was forced to adapt to while homeless, I’ve contemplated the aforementioned quote.]

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