The Bus Stop Prophet

Creativity
Frank Escamilla
Poet and Mentor
“The first day I jumped up at a bus stop and said a poem, I saw peoples’ faces change and it was beautiful."

At 14, Frank knew he had leadership qualities, but he had no adult to direct him. So he started a gang. One day the cops were handing out baseball cards, the next they were arresting him face down on the floor in front of his mother.

Reading and writing saved him. He realised there was more to life than gangs, violence and drugs, learnt from his successes and failures and set about becoming a mentor for kids in his community - offering them an alternative route, one full of inspiration and hope.

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