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September 19--  A young man who has gone from crime to college is speaking in Vidalia Friday night. 

Robert Jinks says his life was saved by Community Project Hope run by Wilson Johnson in Vidalia.  

"I've come from a broken home, living the street life, stealing, robbing, tried to sell drugs but that didn't work for me.  I've come from the point of no hope to find out that no matter what one has experienced in their past there is an alternative and and a way to move through life to live a successful life. Through God, you can succeed," he says.

Jinks dropped out of Toombs County High School, but with Johnson's help he got his GED, attended Southeastern Tech and is now a 23-year-old business major at Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

"The jist of my message is that through God all things are possible.  You don't have to let your past deter you from being successful in the future," he says.

Community Project Hope is holding a benefit banquet Friday night in Vidalia and Jinks says he will challenge young people, particularly young black men, to get an education.

"From what I've seen so far in the business world, you have to have a certain profile in order to get hired.  A young black man is supposed to keep himself up a certain way in order to get hired.  You have to have something on your resume and know something, or you'll be working in a minimum wage job the rest of your life," he says.