In All the Difference, which will air tonight on PBS, Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch make it from a tough Chicago neighborhood, Englewood, to college, thanks to family and church support, and mentors and teachers at the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men.
Robert was just 17 months old when his mother was killed by his father. He and his six siblings were taken in and raised by their grandmother.
Krishaun, like many of his family members, joined a gang.
Krishaun enrolled at historically black Fisk University in Nashville, while Robert went to predominantly white Lake Forest College, north of Chicago.
Both earned college degrees and took teaching jobs. Krishaun will work at Urban Prep. “When I go back to Englewood, I feel like LeBron when he goes back to Cleveland!” he says.
This week, PBS’ Spotlight Education features documentaries and school-themed episodes of some of its top shows, reports Ed Week.