It's a Positively Jax story-- Students at the University of North Florida are back in the classroom. And it was an extra special day for one student in particular. Channel 4's Erica Rakow introduces us to a student who moved from a local homeless shelter - into a college dorm. 3 00-05 19-24 30-35 1'41-1'46 1'55-2'26GERALD DOMINGUEZ JUST CELEBRATED HIS 21ST BIRTHDAY A FEW DAYS AGO.. AND GETTING A FRESH START AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA IS THE BEST GIFT HE COULD ASK FOR .. HE LIVED AT THE SULZBACHERH OMELESS CENTER FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.. THANKS TO A NEW PROGRAM THERE.. AND SOME BELIEVING MENTORS HE MET THERE.. HE'S OFFICIALLY COLLEGE BOUND. THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS ARE STARTING A NEW SEMESTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA THIS WEEK..FINDING THEIR WAY AROUND CAMPUS AND MAKING THEIR WAY TO CLASSES.21-YEAR-OLD GERALD DOMINGUEZ IS IN THE MIX..GERALDO DOMINGUEZ 8:48 I was anxious and excited and I'm sitting next to this one lady and I forget her name but we're going to get an A in that class we set our goal is to get an A we don't want anything else but an A HE'S TALKING ABOUT HIS VERY FIRST CLASS AT UNF MONDAY MORNING.. WORLD HISTORY.. A DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE ATTITUDE..AFTER OVERCOMING LOTS OF OBSTACLES. DOMINGUEZ SAYS HE MOVED TO JACKSONVILLE WITH A FAMILY FRIEND WHEN HE WAS 19 FOR A FRESH START.. AFTER A DISAGREEMENT HE WAS LIVING ON THE STREETS .. COUCH SURFING.. TRYING TO FIND HIS WAY. THAT'S WHEN HE FOUND HIMSELF AT THE SULZBACHER CENTER..LIVING IN A DORM WITH 119 OTHER HOMELESS MEN.3:55 it's been a journey. This is more the cut and dry version but one thing I cannot say is I'm alone because I have a lot of people that are loving me right now HE MOVED IN TO A TOTALLY DIFFERENT TYPE OF DORM THIS WEEKEND..AT U-N-F WITH 3 OTHER ROOMMATES.11:02 I am thankful I am no longer in a homeless shelter, I have a laptop, I have a 32 inch TV brand new THAT'S ALL THANKS TO A NEW PROGRAM CALLED IN- SIGHT.. SOMETHING 2 EMPLOYEES AT THE SULZBACHER CENTER FOUNDED.. A PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE AT THE CENTER APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID AND GET INTO COLLEGE.JOSHUA STANCLIFF/IN- SIGHT FOUNDER 18:14:31 it has a double meaning you try to get them insight into college and then you let them know that college is in their sight. DOMINGUEZ IS THE FIRST TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE PROGRAM.11:14 I am more beyond grateful I don't even know if I can show enough gratitudeGERALDO'S NAME IS ACTUALLY JARED STEPHENS BUT HE'S IN THE PROCESS OF LEGALLY CHANGING IT AFTER THE WOMAN HE CALLS HIS GOD-MOTHER.HE DIDN'T WANT TO TALK MUCH ABOUT HIS BIOLOGICAL PARENTS..ONLY THAT HIS MOM WAS IN AFRICA AND HE WASN'T ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE WHEN HE WAS 18 BECAUSE HE COULDN'T GET PROPER DOCUMENTATION FROM HER.HE DREAMS OF BECOMING A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.