DCW50 Heroes: Local Marine keeps young men on the right path

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- Morris Hudson was just a young man when a judge told him he could either join the Marine Corps, or go to jail.

Hudson chose the Marine Corps, and he says it saved his life. Now, he's made it a mission to help other young man in the same way he was once helped.

He teaches two mentoring programs at Gaithersburg High School, called "Shout" and "I Am College Ready".  The programs are aimed at keeping young men in school, teaching them to respect their community, and keeping them considering college.

Hudson considers himself like a father to these boys.

"As far as I`m concerned, biological is overrated," he said. "Any man that comes into your life, and assists you in becoming a man, can fill that role as a father."

His non-profit also helps provide food and clothing for the young men, and helps their families pay utilities and rent when they're in a bind. Despite the successes he's had in helping them, Hudson doesn't yet feel like his work is done.

"In the big scheme of things the program is successful but for me until I can go through an entire year without one of my kids going to prison and go through an entire year where one of my kids dies or is murdered, then I'm not going to feel good," he said.