Born and raised in Brooklyn, Eric Manson is a father of three who uses his struggles as strengths in seeking to inspire and encourage at-risk teens. Having seen and experienced the effects of crime, prison and fatherlessness, Eric works with youth to warn them from experience about the dangers around them and but also the potential within them. An advocate for and mentor to students in Fort Greene, you can often find him serving at the Ingersoll Community Center or volunteering at PS 67.
Photography by Alexis Lambrou, a Pittsburgh-born, Brooklyn-based photographer and teaching artist, who has taught at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media HS in Fort Greene for the past four years.
Words by Zac Martin, founder of Trellis and pastor of community outreach at Trinity Grace Church Park Slope. www.jointrellis.org