06/05/2011 02:42 pm ET Updated Jun 16, 2014

Through Chicago's Family Focus, Boys Find Role Models

For children in blighted neighborhoods, going to college can seem an impossible goal, especially when just making it through grade school is a challenge.

Rodzae James, 11, knows his neighborhood is rough, but he feels lucky to have a couple of good role models. “I look up to my brother because he was the first boy on my block to go to college,” he said.