Christopher Moye, New Yorker of the Week

Chris Moye’s energy is infectious and his attitude, always positive. This, despite a challenging childhood.

Moye’s mother died when he was 12 and a strained relationship with his father left him alone at 18-years-old.

“It was just me, an 18-year-old boy living in a two bedroom apartment in Sheepshead Bay Projects trying to figure the whole thing out. Just, how am I going to pay rent? Should I still go to school?” Moye recalled.

Although he struggled, Moye always saw school as the ticket toward a more promising future. Thanks to mentors it became reality. He graduated from Kingsborough Community College and is currently studying at Brooklyn College.

Now he himself is a mentor, inspiring other young people to do the same as part of the Good Shepherd Services after-school program.

“As you get older and you tell your friends, you know, one day when I have a kid I’m going to give my kid everything I didn’t have, it’s kind of like that for me. It’s not just one kid, it’s several kids so working with these students, I want to give them the stuff that I didn’t grow up with,” Moye said.

To Moye, that meant new experiences.

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