Michael Samuels

With his warm smile and affable manner, it’s difficult to believe that Michael was recently released from a federal penitentiary. When his mother fell ill with cancer in 2008, Michael started dealing drugs on top of his regular day job to help cover her mounting treatment bills. The Corps became one of the only places that would hire Michael given his criminal background. As he learns to plant trees and become a park steward, Michael remains determined to break the dangerous cycle of his hustler days and convince employers he is worth their consideration.