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Youth foundation to build homes in Mexico

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A local foundation that mentors youths is headed to Mexico to build homes and teach life lessons.

The students are in the Turner 12 Project founded in 2000 by former newspaper sports writer John Carter and will build for two homes for two families.

“I actually started the organization because I had a teacher tell me the only reason she was still teaching was because she got three months off in the summer, and I had two teachers who really made a difference in my life,” Carter said.

The kids come out of South Dallas and what used to be the Turner Courts housing project. Carter mentors them from seventh grade through high school.

“Being able to take 12 kids every six years and help to get them through college is something we're very proud about,” Carter said.

Part of what Turner 12 does is give the kids new experiences. This year’s group is headed to Tijuana to build houses for the less fortunate.

Ariel Sanders has been on a previous trip and it put things in perspective for her.

“Before I went I complained a lot about really small detail things and these people almost don’t have anything

Other students, like Haley Carter, said it’s a privilege to see other people’s lives improve.

“It was about being able to bless a family with a set of keys that pretty much changed their lives,” she said.

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