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PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia teen who was once homeless is graduating number one in his class from Girard College and heading to Harvard University.
Girard College student Richard Jenkins said, "I wanted to work to make things happen." Richard, now 18, reflects on his life with his mother and two younger brothers.
He was homeless for years, living in shelters in Tennessee and Florida before landing in a Germantown shelter back in Philadelphia where he was born.
He will graduate from Philadelphia's Girard College next month as the class valedictorian, enrolling at the Ivy League's Harvard University for the fall on a full scholarship. He decided to focus on academics while concealing the fact he was living in a homeless shelter.
Jenkins added, "There were times when we would put food we'd already started eating back in the refrigerator because we knew there would be no food coming later on." He tells Action News he plans to study computer science with a concentration of the growing field of artificial intelligence.
He says he owes much to teachers and friends who had faith in him, and to his family whom he wants to be able to get out of its financial despair. "My mom was a great source of inspiration because she was doing all she could to keep a roof over three boys' heads," Jenkins told Action News.
What advice does Richard Jenkins have for young people struggling to overcome humble circumstances similar to his?
"My advice is to stay focused, that's the only advice I can tell you," he said.
Graduation day at Girard College is June 7.
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