When Marcus Robinson first tried to enroll at The Excel Institute, a provider of vocational training for at-risk youth and adults, he was told he would have to wait three months. The then 31-year-old told educators at the automotive training facility that he needed to start immediately — because he probably wouldn’t be alive in three months. “I was a hoodlum,” Robinson explained, “The things I was involved in, I would not have been around.” Today, Robinson is an automotive instructor at The Excel Institute. His life is moving in a completely different direction, and he credits Volkswagen Group of America for playing a major role in educating his own students. To date, our support has enabled 225 students to participate in the institute’s life skills program.