Victor Torres grew up in the New York City foster care system. He entered the gang life at a very young age of 10. Getting arrested every weekend, he changed homes frequently because his foster parents got tired of constantly picking him up from the precinct. He became a full-time gang member to provide for himself after dropping out of junior high school during the 8th grade. At the age 19, he had his first child. This gave him a new sense of responsibility and prompted him to change his lifestyle. He earned his GED with a high a score, and was accepted into a number of Ivy League schools. Victor declined those opportunities in order to support the immediate needs of his family. He now has a career working full-time to help youth who are in shelters from getting caught up in the streets.