Difference Maker Award for September: ROCAN

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - At school, kids spend their time in a controlled learning environment. But it's what they do after class that could have the greatest impact on them.

One man, Leifel Jackson, knows this best.

He's a former gang member who now dedicates his time leading kids in the right direction.

The work of his nonprofit ROCAN has been recognized as a difference maker. It stands for Reaching Our Children and Neighborhoods. Jackson is the founder.

"We show up everyday just to make sure the kids have a place to go," he says.

Jackson started ROCAN 13 years ago. He says it's where kids of all ages can be kids.

"This place was solely for a safe haven. For kids to be able to come and not be bullied. For them to come and be able to do their homework. For them to come and not be at home or out in the streets where there are drug dealers and gang members," he continues.

The program is the latest organization selected by the community to receive the Difference Maker Award from law firm Rainwater, Holt and Sexton. The award comes with a $1,000 check.

"Them having a place where they can come and be a kid is very important," says Nakia Qualls, ROCAN Director. 

ROCAN gives students a positive atmosphere and much, much more.

Click here to learn more about ROCAN and how you can help support its work.

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