A recent Race to Equity report showed African Americans in Dane County are still struggling with poverty, education and unemployment.
The Darbo community in Madison has been classified as a troubled area by residents for the last 30 years, further proving the statistics found in the Race to Equity report. Despite the odds, there are proven programs, like Mentoring Positives, that are beating the statistics.
However, the program?s founder, Will Green, said it will take funding to continue to see improvements.
"I know what these kids are going through. I am those kids," Green said.
Green isn't just passionate about basketball; his coaching goes beyond the court at the Salvation Army.
"I just wanted to inspire them to be good people and make good, positive relationships and things can happen," Green said.
Lucky for Green, he had those relationships growing up in Gary, Indiana, at a time when the area was deemed the murder capital of the country.