Jersey City, NJ
In Jersey City, where poverty rates are higher than average, one out of every three children is surrounded by the influence of gangs and violence.
Bobby Stewart thinks he can help with a chessboard. It’s part of Jersey City’s Mind/Body/Spirit program, which looks to establish healthy behaviors and activities to reduce violence.
As the CEO and founder of Kings Knight Chess Club, Bobby sees the game as a better way for community members to bond and spend their time.
“Our motto is ‘It’s your move,’ ” said Stewart, “because every day you have the initiative to change your life. Even if you defeat your opponent, show them where they went wrong after the game. That builds togetherness. We use these approaches to teach life skills through the game of chess.”
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