Campus Life / Education / Local / Virginia

L.I.F.E. seeks to save kids

Children welcome Byron Gunn to their classroom.  (Photo courtesy of

Children welcome Byron Gunn to their classroom. (Photo courtesy of

by Sade Moore

“Looking inward for evolution,” also known as L.I.F.E., is a program designed to empower and inspire inner city youth. The visionary behind this project is Byron Gunn, an NSU student and a member of the League of Extraordinary Men.

The goal of this project is to introduce kids not only to a different way of life, but for this project to diffuse into other communities.

“Kids are [adopting] bad habits and being influenced by their environment,” said Gunn.
Gunn is from Danville, VA. There, he witnessed at a young age, drug use, gang banging, gun violence and underage sex.

“I was also–once–affiliated with a gang,” said Gunn. “The League of Extraordinary Men saved my life.”

The League of Extraordinary Men is a campus organization based on mentorship and community service. The solution for many of these issues is to create a community where there are “more mentors and volunteers that kids will pick up positive behaviors from,” said Gunn.

Gunn added that “people would be interested in this program because the issues that exist in my neighborhood are issues that exist in many other neighborhoods.”

Gunn’s project is funded by donations. For more information on the L.I.F.E. program and/or to donate, visit