Looking at the huge grin on Alcee Walker’s face, you would never know the circumstances he overcame to get where he is today. Already a published author, Hope I Make It Before Ya’ll Take It, Alcee writes about being raised in the inner city by a 16-year-old mother who had considered aborting him. With little direction and living in an abusive household, Alcee knew he had make his own way.
Alcee first came to Urban Youth Impact by attending a basketball camp at Palm Beach Atlantic University when he was 12. “Going to that basketball camp was a turning point in my life, “said Alcee. “For the first time ever, I felt like I was a part of something.”
His mother was his primary caregiver, but was in and out of jail. When he was a sophomore, she went to prison. Alcee had dreams of going to college so he applied himself in high school academics and focused on football. He was recruited by St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he graduated with a B.S. in Communications and a Minor in Film Studies.
“I credit Urban Youth Impact for teaching me about teamwork and making me feel valuable,” said Alcee. “Without that basis, I don’t think I would have had the confidence to achieve.”
Alcee received a scholarship from Urban Youth Impact this year. He will be attending The School of Visual Arts next fall to pursue his Masters in Social Documentary. His dream is to one day be a Film Director.
Alcee continues to give back to Urban Youth Impact by using his gifts and talents. “I know how it feels to not grow up with much, I relate to these kids,” said Alcee. “I just want to be a positive role model and let them know what is possible.”
You can check out the documentary Alcee made about his life here.
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