(SNN) Kris Powell felt like he'd pretty much hit rock bottom.
After nearly four years of studying at the New World School of the Arts, the Booker High graduate and Moving Ethos company dancer could not scrape together the money for a final tuition payment that would earn him his degree.
Discouraged, depressed and unable even to afford to remain in Miami, where he'd immersed himself in the hip hop culture, the 23-year-old moved back home with a heavy heart to look for a job outside his chosen field. That ended up being a part-time custodial position at Brentwood Elementary School.
"Coming back here was a shock," says Powell. "I hadn't planned to come back at all, and to be scrubbing toilets ... it was definitely hard."