Prince grew up in our neighborhood, just a few blocks from our campus. Urban Ventures' founder Art Erickson served as a youth pastor & mentor to Prince.


Art got to know a side of Prince that others didn't get to see.

"He was on a work crew with us up at a camp near Siren, Wisconsin, in seventh grade," Erickson said. "We were driving into town to pick up food for the camp. I said, 'Prince, What's your story?' He said, 'My mom divorced my dad, and the guy who is living with us now, locked me in my room for 6 weeks this summer.' I said, 'What did you do?' He said, 'I could go out to go to the bathroom, then the food was in there, and he'd lock the door, and I was in there for 6 weeks.' I said, 'What did you do?' He said, 'There was a piano in there. I learned to play the piano.'"