Twenty-six-year-old Kirt Bennett has dedicated his life to helping at-risk young boys become leaders. Read how Kirt began the Young Leader's Academy.
An Overwhelming Response
After Kirt won our Angel Network Use Your Life Award, the community of Baton Rouge rallied to support Kirt's program. With the $50,000 Use Your Life Award plus additional donations totaling almost half a million dollars, Kirt has been able to expand his program and help twice as many boys.
NBA Star Shaquille O'Neal Inspired
NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal was so inspired by Kirt Bennett and his young leaders that he surprised them on the Show with a special gift. Shaq donated 35 new computers to the Young Leader's Academy for the boys! Shaq believes in the power of education — he recently went back to Louisiana State University to complete his college degree.
Shaq's new book is called "Shaq Talks Back".
New Space Expands Future Potential
The Young Leader's Academy has relocated to a new building which will house a technical center, an oratorical institute for public speaking skills, and a formal dining room to facilitate classes in etiquette.
One of the youngest leaders says, "Thank you Oprah, the Angel Network, and Paul Newman for giving the money to Mr. Bennett so I could join the Academy to help me establish my goals."
Young Leaders' Academy
419 North 19th Street, Suite B
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-3737
Published on May 15, 2000