Harris' Heroes: FLOC works to inspire local students

Students at FLOC. (Photo: WJLA)

Mentor Daniel-Ross Thompson wants every child to succeed.

He's one of a growing network of mentors and volunteers with FLOC—For Love of Children.

“Questions about what they want to be, what they aspire to be. And I say dream big go for it!” Thompson said.

The free academic after-school program in northwest helps kids, across Maryland and D.C., from first-through twelfth grades—five days a week.

“I was struggling with my grades and they helped me with homework,” said David Rojas-Rosario, a student in the program.

“At one point I was the only one in my school that had first honors for the entire three advisories,” he said.

Tonight, is high school scholar’s night, where students are researching college and learning about financial aid.

Tiera King, 21, just graduated college and she has decided to plant her roots with FLOC—the same group that once helped plant the seeds for her future.

“FLOC was just like a second family to me. They helped me with my college list. With my scholarships and just help me grow into the person I am right now,” King said.

Its kids like David and Tiera who are the driving motivation behind FLOC.

“It's so rewarding to see the hundreds of students who come through our doors find success,” said Tim Payne, FLOC’s Executive Director.