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Imagine a Better St. Louis: St. Louis County man starts mentoring program for students

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Every child needs a great mentor and one St. Louis County man is stepping up. (Credit: KMOV) Every child needs a great mentor and one St. Louis County man is stepping up. (Credit: KMOV)

Every child needs a great mentor and one St. Louis County man is filling that role for dozen of students at Logos School in Olivette.

Inside the walls of Logos School, many teenagers are dealing with emotional and behavioral problems that prevent them from succeeding in a traditional school setting.

Yet, Earnest Hart is helping to lead the change and embrace the future for these kids.

“When Earnest first came, I thought what we were going to get was some empowerment for our kids, and some martial arts kind of training but what I’ve really seen is the internal confidence that’s coming out of our kids,” said head of school Kathy Fenger.

Through martial arts, St. Louis native and former world kickboxing champion Hart teaches conflict resolution. He encourages non-violent strategies at Logos School.

“I want to give my part and show what I’ve done,” said Hart. “I’ve proven that you can come from the roughest of neighborhoods and travel around the world and still do it if you have the tools to do it.”

Hart has been passing along life lessons and self-defense through martial arts for years. His client list is impressive including Ozzie Smith.

This is the first year for Hart’s program and thanks to an anonymous donation, the program will continue for years to come.

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