Famous Actor From WNY Inspires Students

May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's called "Success Looks Like Me," a program that offers an inspirational message for students in Western New York.

"Our mission is to provide access to people, places and experiences for students living in low-income places," chair for the Cultures of Giving Legacy Initiative Jennifer Parker said.

The kickoff program at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual Performing & Arts featured playwright and Tony Award winning Actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who is originally from Lackawanna.

"I'm blessed to share my journey with these kids to let them know that it's all possible," Santiago-Hudson told Eyewitness News.

Santiago-Hudson also stared in the hit ABC-TV show "Castle." He said it is all what you put your mind to.

"It's all possible through character, and who you are," Santiago-Hudson said.

Mr. Santiago Hudson said he is even more proud of his successes off the stage.

"I think my greatest achievements are not what I achieved as an actor, but what I achieved as a human being. I think I'm more proud of that. I hope to be a good father every day, and a good citizen every day," Santiago-Hudson said.

More than 100 students from Lackawanna and Buffalo Public School District attended.

Mr. Santiago-Hudson also got a taste of they what they had to offer. Santiago-Hudson said no matter how talented a person is, success takes time.

"Your greatest dreams and goals are possible, but it's attained step by step. You don't leap from where you are to your goal. You have 100 small victories to get to the big victory," Santiago-Hudson said.