Humans of New York is a photography blog, that goes around mostly New York City and take pictures of people. Not just anybody, but somebody that catches they eye. Humans of New York interviews the people they photograph, or get a quote from them about life, jewels of wisdom; and write it one their blog. They have been successful with what they do, mainly because it's different and unique.
The creator and founder of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton was in the borough of Brooklyn, the Brownsville section and took pictures of Vidal Chastanet who is 13 years old. Their encounter, would forever change Vidal's life forever. When Stanton interviewed Vidal, he expressed how his school principal, Nadia Lopez inspires him and was the most influential person in his life, who pushes him to be his best. The picture went viral and everybody was touched by Vidal Chastanet's story about his principal.
Brandon Stanton went to Vidal Chastanet's school at Mott Hill Bridges Academy in Brownsville, so he could meet the principal and get a picture of Nadia Lopez with Vidal. When Stanton interviewed Lopez, she opened up about wanting to take her students to Harvard (which is one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S.) in an effort to motivate them to dream big and also, broaden their horizon; because of the crime and drug infested neighborhoods her students come from.
Brandon Stanton wanted to help Nadia Lopez fulfill her vision, so he began an online fundraiser for her, Vidal and her students. Within weeks, the fundraiser raised $1.2 million dollars and donations are still coming in. The money that's been raised will be used for Nadia Lopez to bring the her students to Harvard, it will also be used to send the students to a university or college of their choice; with Vidal Chastanet being the first recipient.
The story went on to generate interest from the media and NBC interviewed Vidal Chastanet and Nadia Lopez. During her interview, the principal stated how she was trying to get people involve and how much of a challenge it was.
From there, Vidal Chastanet, Nadia Lopez and Brandon Stanton were flown to California and was the special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen kept the donations going and collaborated with Target to grant the school the latest state of the art technology from computers, to office supplies, laptops and whatever the school was in need of. Also, other grants would be given to other schools in the community, along with the one Vidal is in, totaling up to $100,000.
"The outpouring of individuals around the world, speaks volumes. It's about those children," expressed Nadia Lopez while on the show.
And last but not least, the best part of the story is, Vidal Chastanet got to meet President Barack Obama and spent a whole day at the White House.
To accompany him on the trip was his principal Nadia Lopez.
And the man who made all this happen for Vidal, Brandon Stanton.