ROANOKE, Va.- - A Roanoke nonprofit organization striving to provide opportunities for area teenagers youth in the are is taking to the mountain trails to empower troubled youth.
The Humble Hustle Company, Inc., plans to educate teens through nature.
When company CEO and founder Xavier Duckett is not planning an event for the nonprofit, he spends time mentoring and picking up teens and taking them somewhere safe.
It's part of his effort to keep them out of trouble and make better decisions.
"You can start a store, a bank or be a moving company but find a way to give back to your own community," Duckett said.
Duckett started the humble hustle company in 2015 after graduating from Old Dominion University. He was so passionate about the nonprofit, he officially resigned from his position at Dominion Youth Services June 1.
The goal of THHC is empowering kids and giving them positive outlooks on life.
"We started doing school give backs and donating clothes. I thought that was my Humble Hustle," Duckett said.
The Humble Hustle is starting a new program called Humble Hikes. It will take 20 teens ages 14-18 who have previously been incarcerated, on probation and house arrest on a hiking trip.
"They get out and think that's all there is," Duckett said.
Duckett says the hiking trip up Read Mountain Preserve will encourage, empower and boost their confidence.
"Hiking can be just like life. A lot of this kids never been outside of the city. So to get them out of the box and get them on a trial and out of their comfort zone and they have to adapt. It's going to be beautiful," Duckett said.
The hiking trip is this Saturday at 10 a.m. is surprise to many of the teens, but Duckett is hoping it will inspire them to help others in the future.
The teens were selected to go on the trip by Y.A.L.E or Youth Adult Life Enhancement, which is a program under Total Action For Progress.
Some of the sponsors for trip include: Richard Taylor, Mellow Mushroom, Colors Magazine, and Café or Cultural Arts for Excellence.
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