Florida State University social work professor, Earle Lee Jr. founded the Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee 5 years ago with financial help from Target Stores, the Freuauff Foundation and a diverse group of community leaders as a way to address the spiraling youth crime problem in Tallahassee. The Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee is a community based outreach program for males, ages eight to eighteen, enrolled in schools throughout the Tallahassee area. Its mission is to foster academic excellence, build character and self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, and help young men realize their fullest potential while acquiring life skills. Under Lee’s direction, the choir has experienced tremendous success in musical performance and academic achievement. His efforts have inspired these young men to maintain rising grade point averages and continuous enrollment in local colleges and universities.