There is promising news from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Juvenile arrests in the state are at their lowest number in more than 40 years, but that’s not the case everywhere in the country.
Orrin Hudson is working to get those numbers even lower. He’s the creator of Be Someone, Inc., which is a non-profit hoping to inspire kids to set and achieve life goals.
“The right move is not the right move unless you make it at the right time,” said Hudson.
He teaches those right moves through a giant chess set that he takes across the country. He says he has already reached more than 55,000 kids and he is on his way to one million.
“It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter where you come from. If you make the right move, you get the right results,” said Hudson.
Through the game of chess, he says he is able to reach the youth of America. Just like his teacher did with him back in the 1970’s. He says he was going down the wrong path, even in a gang, when a teacher pulled him aside and taught him chess. Something constructive he could do with his time.
He is hoping he is passing along those same lessons to the kids he teaches through his non-profit now.
"Make losing your vitamin. There's no such thing as losing...there is only learning. and you succeed by learning," said Hudson.