Jay Z isn’t the only kid from Brooklyn to make it from Brooklyn to the White House.  Meet Brandon Stanton, a human of New York.

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Not long ago, the popular blog Humans of New York posted the photo of a 13-year old boy from Brownsville, Brooklyn. In it, he gave a story about his principal Ms. Lopez, saying, “She told each one of us that we matter.” The post received over 1 million likes and shares on social media. The viral post started a national campaign that raised more than $1 million for Mott Hall Bridges Academy, the middle school in Brooklyn, which also happens to be situated in the neighborhood with the highest crime rate in New York City. These funds will be used to send students to visit Harvard University, support summer programs, and provide scholarships.

But what started as just a photo taken in the streets of New York City led all the way to the White House. Today, that young boy, Brandon Stanton, sat down with President Obama to share his story. As you can see in the photo above, Brandon got to sit in the oval office; which is probably much more than he imagined would ever happen, that day in Brooklyn when he gave his story.


Who said that we don’t have good people in the world anymore? It’s things like this that give us faith in humanity. Let’s all work to create and support more heart-warming situations like this one!

You can take a look at the original post from Humans of New York here.