2011-01-21 / Milestones

McAlister Moves Ahead Towards College


Michael Pride (left), a Safe Space employee who served as McAllister’s mentor, said he’s excited about the teen’s future. Michael Pride (left), a Safe Space employee who served as McAllister’s mentor, said he’s excited about the teen’s future. In 2008, an unconscious Christavious McAllister (right) was rushed to an emergency room after receiving a bullet in the stomach during a gangrelated altercation into which he unwittingly walked.

Fast-forward to this past Saturday, January 15, and the 18-year-old Far Rockaway resident was taking a train to Mohawk Valley Community College in upstate Utica with plans to study Media Arts and Advertising for two years, transfer to a four-year university, and eventually become the first member of his family to graduate from college.

McAllister credits the nonprofit social services agency Safe Space for his turnaround.

“It kept me busy, kept me out of trouble,” he said. “I would’ve gone crazy … got into trouble. I would’ve ended up like my friends; nobody goes to college.”

Michael Pride (left), a Safe Space employee who served as McAllister’s mentor, said he’s excited about the teen’s future.

Said Pride, “I am going to miss him. But I am very proud of him.”

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