Available Now: Robert Carr’s new book, First Chance.

Net proceeds from First Chance will be donated to Give Back.

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First Chance

By Robert Carr with Dirk Johnson

How Kids With Nothing Can Change Everything

For students who experience foster care, homelessness, or the incarceration of a parent, college education can seem as unreachable as the stars, a path reserved for other kids. In recent decades, the number of mothers in prison has skyrocketed, largely for drug or other nonviolent offenses. Children in protective services, meanwhile, are being shuffled from foster home to foster home, in some cases more than fifty times.

First Chance tells the remarkable stories of students from severely troubled backgrounds who—when given an opportunity—succeed in the college classroom.

Get the Kindle edition of First Chance today on amazon.com.

An inspiring message of resilience, hope and triumph for kids raised with painful adversities.

Hoda Kotb
Co-anchor, NBC Today

For those facing the longest odds, ‘First Chance’ is a riveting journey from troubled homes to college classrooms.

Robin McGraw
New York Times Best-Selling author and wife of Dr. Phil McGraw

Additional Books by Robert Carr

Working Class to College

The Promise and Peril Facing Blue-Collar America

Drawing on the research and experience of Give Back, this book addresses the struggles and valiant efforts of students to overcome financial adversity and other hardships. Carr, a first-generation college student himself, outlines strategies to chart a successful and affordable college path.

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All kids need is a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them. ‘Working Class to College’ shows how hardship can translate to scholarship.

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson
NBA Hall of Famer and advocate for underserved urban communities

‘Working Class to College’ shines a light on students who have everything but money. Against a backdrop of crushing student debt and heartbreaking dropout rates, this book examines the pitfalls and pathways from humble backgrounds to ivory towers.

Michelle Rhee
Former chancellor of the Washington, DC, public schools, and founder of StudentsFirst and TNTP

Robert Carr has experienced firsthand the power of higher education to transform lives. His personal story and this compelling book serve to inspire, challenge, and uplift all who seek to have a positive impact on society and to create opportunity for individuals.

Dr. Susan A. Cole
President of Montclair State University

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Through The Fires

An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back

A triumphant story of humility, possibility, breakthrough, and giving back that inspires readers to embrace the hope and promise that life is never an impossibility. Robert Carr reflects on decades of struggle that took him to the brink of financial ruin at age fifty after one of the most devastating data breaches ever. Carr’s story is a vulnerable and honest depiction of stay true to the values that supported the turbulent times which allowed him to breakthrough in business, life, and in doing good for others. 

A book that defines what it means to overcome adversity in business and life.

Mitch Albom
Author of ‘Tuesdays with More’ and ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’


‘Through The Fires’ is the story of a never-give-up entrepreneur who triumphs after age fifty…and the life-changing reason he is giving away a fortune.

Tony Robbins
NBA #1 New York Times best-selling author, life and business strategist, entrepreneur and philanthropist

One of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a long time.

Rick Kogan
Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and host of ‘After Hours with Rick Kogan’ on WGN Radio