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Why this Program Matters

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.

Juvenile courts in the U.S. handle nearly 1.4 million delinquency cases per year.

The U.S. Government spends more money on incarcerated people than on each child in the public school system.

The U.S. locks up a larger share of its youth population than any other developed country.

After-school activities for children are decreasing as schools deteriorate and city parks and recreational facilities suffer funding cutbacks.

World Renowned Les Brown is on Board to supporting Be Someone!

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News and Events

News, programs and events that are helping kids to Be Someone.

Chess for Success

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.

Be Someone Day

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." 

Orrin performs comedy at the Basement Theater.

Join Orrin "Checkmate" hudson as her performs standup comedy with the Jeff Justice Alumni Show at the Basement Theater on Sunday, August 25.

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