Meet This 13-year-old who Raised $1 Million & Got to Meet President Obama

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the wildly popular “Humans of New York” project, helped raise $1 million for a middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn when he posted this photo of sixth-grader Vidal Chastanet.humans-of-new-york

Stanton photographs and interviews people he sees around New York City. One day he ran into Chastanet when he was walking around Brownville, which has the highest crime rate in the city. Chastanet, a sixth grader at Mott Hall Bridges Academy, said his school principal had played a major influence in his life.

Stanton posted the photo and interview to his “Humans of New York” Facebook page, which has more than 12.1 million likes. In just a few weeks, Chastanet’s picture has racked up more than 1 million likes.

The meeting and reaction inspired Stanton to meet Chastanet’s school principal, Nadia Lopez. He helped the school set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to send the sixth-grade class on a trip to Harvard.

The campaign went viral, raising more than $1.25 million. Chasnet also caught the presidents eye, and consequently landed him an invite to the White House!


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