POV: All The Difference

About This Episode

“If I make it until 18, I’m going to have myself a party.” But reaching 18 is only the beginning for Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch - they have plans to graduate from high school and go on to college. And they would be the first in their families to do so.

Both Robert and Krishaun faced huge obstacles growing up; Robert was just 17 months old when his mother was killed by his father, and Krishaun, like many family members, joined a gang. The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African American men come vividly to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of these two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dared to dream a seemingly impossible American dream. As the film shows, determination started them on the road to success, but it was support from people in their lives that brought them to their destination, including the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men.

Krishaun and Robert succeed in beating the odds by graduating college. Although focused on the future, they have not forgotten where they came from. They offer advice to other young men who might dream of following in their footsteps. “If you believe in yourself, there’s no telling what you can do,” says Robert. Krishaun, whose new life includes fatherhood, says his newborn son “is starting many steps ahead of where I started. I feel that nothing is impossible now.”

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