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Christopher Foye
School of New Resources
Class of 2014
Concentration: Communications
Hometown: Brooklyn

His mother graduated from the School of New Resources in 1988. She brought him and his brother to the Brooklyn Campus while she attended class. I always had my eye on college because of that. Ifeel so connected to the school.

Christopher Foye first attended the School of New Resources in 1998, but soon had to stop due to circumstances beyond his control. He resumed his studies in 2011, but the break didn't affect him too much.

"I'm into information," says the Brooklyn resident, who is on pace to graduate with a concentration in communications next May. "I do a lot of self-study, so it was kind of easy to make the transition," he says.

His mother graduated from the School of New Resources in 1988. She brought him and his brother to the Brooklyn Campus while she attended class. "I always had my eye on college because of that. I feel so connected to the school."

But Foye is also very busy off campus. In 2009, he founded the Chris S. Owens Foundation in honor of his son, who was killed by a stray bullet on April 26 of that year. He was 13 years old. For that and his other efforts in reducing gun violence, he was one of four recipients of this year's Serviam Awards.

This February, Foye attended congressional hearings on gun violence, meeting First Lady Michelle Obama and New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and watching the State of the Union Address with other advocates in Washington, D.C.

This year, he's planning a memorial scholarship awards dinner for his foundation, a basketball tournament organized with other nonprofits, and a holiday toy drive in partnership with The College of New Rochelle. Also in the works is a program called The First Responders, which seeks to help communities dealing with incidents of gun violence.

Foye says his studies dovetail nicely with his nonprofit efforts, both in the skills he develops and the connection he is making with CNR. "I always want to partner with the school, whenever I can," he says.

Pursuing graduate education with The College of New Rochelle is also a possibility. "I've enjoyed the experience," he said, "being involved and hands-on, meeting new people."