Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Pre-teen offers emotional advice in subway station

Ciro Ortiz, a sixth grader at MS 577 in Brooklyn, NY, has "always been much more mature than whatever grade he was in," says his dad, Adam Ortiz. Ciro hates school but is on the honor roll. Like most kids ahead of their time, Ciro was bullied in school. He needed emotional counseling, and after he got it, he realized it's value. He set up a table and two chairs at the Bedford L train stop in Brooklyn, offering five minute emotional advice sessions for only $2.00. His office hours for the past few months have been Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. His parents hang around the subway station as Ciro works.

On a good day, he can earn $50, but he's generous with his earnings. "He buys food or snacks at school for kids who can't afford them," says his dad. What is the emotional problem he finds most often among his clients? Adults having trouble dealing with change. "They felt a certain way in the past," he says, "and when they look back, they say things were so much better back then." He advises these clients, "We have to accept change. It's going to happen. Life is always changing." Clients say his advice is right on the money, and well worth two dollars.

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