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Tuesday, 29 December 2020 23:17

East Winston Man Continues Giving Back With New Program

Written by John Railey
David Moore David Moore

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...set up Southside Rides Foundation, a nonprofit.

 

“I went through challenges, doors slammed in my face, and all I wanted to do was help,” he said “Ex-offenders aren’t built where you can get a $50,000 loan and start your own business.”

 

His wife, Linda, stood by him, just as she did when he was in prison.

 

He secured grants from the city of Winston-Salem, gradually making Southside a success.

 

Thirty-seven of the men who have been in the program have opened their own body or car shops, Moore said.


To encourage more such entrepreneurship, Moore recently gave four graduates of his program stipends of $1,000 each.


As he revamps Project M.O.O.R.E, he brings to bear all the lessons he’s learned through Southside Rides.

 

The project will serve 15 youth, 14 -to 19-years-old. Each session of the program will last six months.

 

Laptops will be on site, and the participants will be required to do schoolwork, in addition to their job training.

 

The barbering and cosmetology will be interesting to students, Moore said, and the music side will be especially so.

 

Participants can make their own videos for YouTube and other venues. “What kid wouldn’t want to learn the music part of it?” Moore asked.


As an added incentive, qualified students will be able use donated dirt bikes for limited times, and, if they graduate from high school, get to keep them.


He will insist on parental involvement. “That helps me to help the kids,” he said.


Two of Moore’s friends, Sonia Young and Dennis Davis, will be the on-site managers.


The three of them will try to teach the program participants to believe in themselves. “I learned to do it. They can too,” Moore said. “And my niece Cassandra, she’s always looking down on me from above.”

 

We thank Yes Weekly for reprint permission.

 

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