Tyree Washington joined the EBAYC family when he was 13 as a volunteer with our neighborhood clean up crew. “It was a way to keep me off the streets.” EBAYC was there to support Tyree in charting a new course for his future after an incident at his high school got him placed on probation. Tyree secured a job as an Academic Mentor at one of EBAYC’s elementary after-school programs while also completing his high school coursework, and aspired to continue working with young people. “That experience inspired me a lot. Being around the love and the spirit of the kids gives me hope.” In reflecting on his experience with EBAYC, Tyree shared, “Whatever obstacles you go through, stay focused on what you need to do. And know that EBAYC is here to help you get through it.”