Boston Gym Owner Plans Space For Foster Kids

Jesse Setaro of North End Fitness wants to start a new non-profit to get foster kids interested in fitness.

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A gym owner in the North End is on a mission to help kids growing up in the foster care system — just like he did.

Jesse Setaro owns North End Fitness in Boston, and says fitness saved his life after he grew up in the system.

"These kids don't have parents. They wake up every day in either a group home or with a family that's not their own, and the average kid will bounce around so much they don't get that one consistent person to help them," Setaro said.

Setaro says the thing that helped him beat the odds was finding a mentor when he was young, and discovering fitness as a passion. He wants to give other foster kids the same chance by starting a new non-profit, Project F. He's currently raising money for a space, gym equipment, and other tools foster kids need. Setaro said it's not just about fitness: he also wants to provide the kids that visit with computers and a lounge space.

A GoFundMe for the proposed company has raised almost $20,000 in four days.

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