Dream Chaser: Formerly impoverished teen writes novel

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Changer: Kyle Chais
Duration: 06:18

“It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.”

So the saying goes. For Kyle Chais, a young Brooklyn-born writer who wrote his first novel at 17, the saying speaks volumes about his state of mind amid dire childhood circumstances. The once homeless young man recently got his first book, “Nameless,” published by Simon & Schuster.

Chais’ experience of growing up in a notorious housing project where drugs and crime were an everyday reality is an unfortunate rites-of-passage for too many black males. However, his ability to rise above his impoverished youth and fulfill his dream of becoming a published writer is what makes him exceptional and is a testament to his own resilience and audacity to dream.

We sent Frank Antonio Lopez, our New York-based Game Changers Project filmmaker to learn more about Chais’ journey to becoming a writer, the importance of quality public education in the lives of black males, and the impact of good parenting to help our children turn their dreams into reality. Watch it.