By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Mario returned home to Baltimore Wednesday night to encourage local teens to stay in school and stay positive.

Ron Matz reports.

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Baltimore-born R&B superstar Mario returned home to lead a teen summit to help local teenagers deal with everyday issues.

Mario’s life has been difficult. He was raised by his grandmother while his single mother struggled with drugs.

“What I want the kids to know is that I still deal with situations in my family every day, personal things that they may be able to relate to.  No matter where I go I’m still attached to where I come from,” said Mario. “I represent Baltimore everywhere I go. I want the teens to know about the efforts I’m putting in to support the city.  I’m supporting kids and parents who are trying to do positive things and give them another outlook on life.”

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Mario was surrounded by his fans in the big crowd at Mondawmin Mall. The teens had a chance to ask questions with bullying a major topic.

“I’ve done summits before.  I always love when kids get involved, when they have questions and they get answers,” said Mario.

Mario has never walked away from where he came from. He’s still reaching out to kids in his hometown.

“I really take it seriously.  Anything involving my city when I’m here I always try to do it no matter what else I’m doing,” said Mario.  “I always tell people when I talk about music I’m more than just an artist, more than just a singer, songwriter or performer. I’m a philanthropist.”

Mario attended Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore County.  He’s working on a new album which he says will be out next year.  He’s also established the Mario Do Right Foundation, an effort to educate and inspire young people.

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