Mentoring Matters: Former UM Football Player, Now Mentor 'Pays It Forward'


"MIAMI (CBSMiami) - When one South Florida young man found himself homeless on the streets of Fort Lauderdale, he knew there was one person he could call for help-- his mentor.

Their special bond is a product of "paying it forward."


"Your personality, your energy. That makes people gravitate to you," Jacob Charlton explained to his mentor, A.J. Donaldson.


In fact, Charlton has gravitated to Donaldson over the last few years.


"At first I thought he was all talk. But I think, 'Hey, I can follow this guy.' He definitely helped me with my first full semester of college," Charlton explained.


The pair met a few years ago when Charlton was a senior in high school.


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