Every day there seems to be more news about crime and violence in our local schools and communities. Once an at-risk high school student, Be Someone founder Orrin Hudson knows what it's like to lack direction. Today, through his motivational programs and chess lessons, he is helping thousands of kids stay out of trouble and lead successful lives "one move at a time". Watch Orrin talk about the program here.
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When Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson holds one of his "Get In the Game" chess classes, his audience normally is a group of young people in the 8 years to 18-years-old range. That will change soon as Hudson opens his chess board and reveals his winning strategies to DeKalb County seniors.
Registration is now open for the six-week “Chess for Success” program, which will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., June 22—July 31. Classes are designed for ages 8 - 18 and are free.
Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, founder of Be Someone Inc., a crime and violence prevention non-profit that uses the game of chess to mentor young people, explains, "We must give our young people hope. When they have no hope, we all lose."
“Be Someone” has taught the game of chess to and counseled more than 50,000 at-risk youth with a goal of reaching a million. Chess demands creative thinking and that critical thinking ability can become the difference between a life on the streets and a life of success.