Calvin Shorter is not just someone who woke up one morning and decided to devote himself to helping at risk
kids succeed in life. Calvin is a man who lived through it himself. He found his way out and is determined to help students reach their full potential in life instead of having their
lives cut short by drugs or violence. Calvin’s is one of those compelling stories that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you think at the same time. His mother was brutally murdered
when he was just 3 years old. Being one of six children, there were no family members who could take them all in and they ended up adopted out into 4 different homes. The children were
all placed in the same city. . The woman who adopted him and his older brother beat him severely for every little thing that went awry. And the beatings did not stop. He
thought that one day she would beat him to death. Calvin was seven, his older brother nine when his adoptive mother died. They were placed with a couple who were kind, loving and never
abusive. However, the damage to Calvin seemed almost irreversible. Motivated by a strong desire to survive and fear of suffering further abuse, it is not surprising that Calvin had anger
issues. He got into some trouble as a youth, but managed to stay just this side of the law.
Upon Graduating from Penns Grove High School,
Carney’s Point, NJ in 1982 Calvin Shorter joined the United States Marine Corps. Not unlike many military men, Calvin learned self discipline in his five years of service to this country. It is
this self discipline that he wanted to impart to the Youth in America and made it his mission in life to change that. It is obvious to anyone who meets this man that the Hand of God is upon
Back home in Salem, NJ he served in the volunteer
Fire and Rescue Department. While there he received his EMT Certification. During this time he coached a little league team. Upon Graduating from Salem Community College with an
Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Calvin was awarded a scholarship to NC A & T University, where his major was elementary education.
While working towards his BA degree, he began mentoring at risk youth at Dudley High School. He also established a basketball program for students in grades 3 -5. Calvin used the
basketball program as a platform to teach the value of good leadership skills and teamwork. One common thread among students who are identified as at risk is the lack of an appropriate male
role model. Calvin did not graduate from NC A & T. He is scheduled to graduate from Shaw University with a BA in Criminal Justice.
For seven years Calvin held the position of
Behavior Specialist for Guilford County Schools. This is a position created for him by the Principal in recognition of the work he had already been doing with the youth. It was his
experience in this position that inspired Calvin to begin the Career Academy Scorpions. Calvin uses the term Scorpions, because of their ability to not only survive, but thrive in adverse
conditions. If you are interested in reading more of Calvin’s story, he has authored a book titled: “A Product of the System, Who am I?” His book is available at www.Amazon.com
"We can make a difference" is the mantra that has
shaped his vision for our program that goes after young men that are falling through the cracks in our community. Giving our young men hope, a lot of tough love, and the skills to accomplish their
goals in life is his mission.