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DALLAS - Once infested with drugs and gangs, a Dallas apartment complex is thriving in large part to an after-school programthatis runinside itsgates.

Trey Washington, 9, hopes to become a surgeon someday. He lives in the Hillburn Hills Apartments in southeast Dallas. In 1993, The Washington Post reported the complex to be the most dangerous in the entire country.

But, that was before the apartment complex started its Launching A Dream program. The program helps children with their homework and provides tutoring everyday after school.

It changed my life, said Trey, a fourth-grader. I was having real bad problems in my life. It helped my grades, helped my homework, helped my sister.

LaunchingA Dream wasfounded in 2003 andnow is in two other apartment communities in Dallas. Chris Johnson started the non-profit and said in addition to the children's services, they also offer adult GED and computer literacy classes.

The familiesthat are coming in are able to access programs and services that are right here inthe community and I think, makes aworld of difference, the executive director said.

Someday Trey said he hopes to make a world of difference as Dr. Trey Washington; thanks in a large part to the launch he got from Launching A Dream.

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