Airique Bond wasn't supposed to survive. He was shot inside his Palmer Park, Md. home in December while eating a bowl of cereal.
Bond said he was shot in front of his 11-year-old sister.
Bond was a football star at Phelps High School in D.C. and HD Wilson. He was supposed to play at Morgan State University, until the shooting derailed those dreams.
The single bullet narrowly missed Bond's heart, but pierced his liver. Within 24 hours of being shot, he was approached at Prince George's Hospital Center by Che Bullock, with the Capital Region Violence Intervention Program, or CAP-VIP.
The program only started in September, but has already helped 135 men in DC and Prince Georges County.
"We try to ensure someone like Che connects with the men, because he's been violently injured himself," said Dr. Joseph Richardson, co-director of CAP-VIP.
The program helps men who have been shot, stabbed and assaulted get counseling, jobs and help with school
It took Airique two months to relearn to walk and eat. And now it will take another eight months for him to become a mentor for CAP-VIP.
"They motivated me to do better. I just want to follow in their footsteps," said Airique Bond.