The CHARLES Foundation is a non profit public charity created to help at risk children. The foundation was created in memory of Charles Andre' Johnson born September 20th, 1992. On January 12, 2011 at 10:40pm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania two young men walked up to the car that Charles was sitting in waiting for his sister and opened fire. At 12:55am on January 13th, 2011 Charles Andre' Johnson, 18 years old, died of fatal gunshot wounds at Einstein Hospital. The Philadelphia police found that Charles was killed in a case of mistaken identity by two young men 23 and 25 years old with previous criminal arrest records. Prior to his death, Charles worked full time in the family business. He worked everyday caring for over 100 chronically mentally ill adults. Charles had also applied to go to school for carpentry. Charles had a son, Khalif twenty-six days after his death.
This foundation was created and implemented by Charles' parents, brother, two sisters and fiance'. It was created to provide advocacy and assist children with skills and self-esteem building and conflict resolution in an attempt to reduce violence and murder in our communities and among the youth. We are working with a variety of grassroots and community organizations to reduce violence. It is our hope and prayer that this foundation will be the basis of recovery and redemption for many so that they do not end up dead or in prison.