had fulfilled their pact, but their allegiance to one another
was about to give rise to a new dream. One year later in
April 2000, with $1,000 earned at speaking engagements,
they cofounded the Three Doctors Foundation.
laugh. They considered starting community clinics or fund-
profit organization that would infuse the principles of their
pact into the community. Within the framework of the foun-
dation, they could build programs that would help disad-
vantaged youth value their own worth and academic poten-
tial, set a high bar for their future, develop a strategy, and
work with mentors to meet or surpass their goals.
scends financial, racial, and social lines," says Dr. Davis.
"We've received mail from impoverished kids in Mississippi
and wealthy kids from Short Hills." But primarily, they have
focused on youth growing up in the urban core, facing the
same challenges they faced: absent fathers, poverty, arrests
in their teens, and a street- and peer-centered value system
that discouraged--at best--professional ambitions.
and community service groups that reinforce its goals.
Notably, the organization is entirely staffed by volunteers,
including Windy White, who has served as its executive
out the year reflect the principles of the three doctors'
original pact. The Positive Peer Pressure Challenge
recognizes and rewards outstanding young people
focused on health, leadership, education, or mentoring. Past
winners have been recognized for organizing study groups,
antidrug activities, and walkathons.
University, includes a 10-lap walk, as well as a full day of
family activities. Mentor Day annually pairs students with a
career professional. At roundtable discussions, students
learn from professionals including engineers, physicians and
nurses, architects, journalists, and small-business entrepre-
neurs. "You can't be inspired by what you can't see," says
tate area to come visit the college campus. They need to see
that it's not the way other kids told them: `You can't keep
up. You won't fit in. You'd have to change once you get
there. You can't afford it. You'll end up back here anyway.'
We take the fear away and push them along, the way we
pushed each other."