Every Sunday, between the hours of midday and 2:00 p.m., New Yorkers can seek help at Bedford L subway station in Brooklyn. Yes, for just $2, these commuters will receive guidance on all manner of topics. But who is the kind stranger helping others through their hardships? Well, it’s an 11-year-old boy called Ciro Ortiz
Sixth-grader Ciro Ortiz lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn, with his mom, Jasmine Aequitas, and dad, Adam Ortiz. Like many kids his age, Ortiz loves playing Minecraft and reading comics but hates school. However, this last problem is because Ortiz hasn’t always had the easiest time at school.
In fact, Ortiz has dealt with his fair share of bullies over the years. “Some kids are only nice to you if you are into what they’re into,” he explained to Upworthy in a December 2016 email. “I’m not going to force myself to be someone I’m not.”