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Our Mission:

We are committed to strengthening communities and developing productive leaders for the future by empowering, educating and engaging students and families.

Dedicated to service

In 2008, the Prodigal Son Foundation was established in remembrance of Carlos Arrington by his family members, fraternity brothers, and members of the community for the purpose of motivating, inspiring, and rewarding young people. Carlos set an example of being a leader in by serving on many community boards and spending most of his time supporting youth programs.

The “giveback” philosophy

The Prodigal Son Foundation has always made “giving back” to the community a priority. Our goal is to strengthen the community by empowering, educating and engaging students. We see this possibility becoming a reality everyday for students through our learning center and our Physical Activities Community Education program (P.A.C.E).

Our learning center provides students with free academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program through the entire year.   The center offers families of participating students educational development opportunities. The center provides a wide range of high-quality services to support student learning and development.

In additional, the P.A.C.E. program focuses on promoting and supporting physical activities and healthy living in the community. There are three parts to the P.A.C.E. program: (1) supplying equipment for low incoming students to be active, (2) fitness training and activities, and (3) providing nutrition education.

Community commitment

The Prodigal Son Foundation is committed to ensure that students fulfill their full potential to become productive leaders. The structure of each program is to provide primary prevention and intervention efforts to facilitate positive growth and development for students. Today, the Prodigal Son Foundation impacts: nearly 1,000 low-income students; more than 150 adult families; and volunteers, tutors and mentors who engage in the movement to eliminate educational inequity.

The Prodigal Son Foundation Board continuously evaluates data to determine progress. Our records of accomplishment and quality of operations help to build cohesive partner relationships, such as the City of Charlotte, YMCA, Nu Body Fitness, Chick-Fil-A, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, several nonprofit organizations and many more organizations.


President Leroy Wray
Mailing Address 212 S. Tryon St. Ste. 1680
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone  (704) 996-4447