At the age of 19, Scott Jacobs became one of the youngest-ever owners of an art gallery. Later in life, he became the first officially licensed artist for Harley-Davidson. As interest in his Photo-Realist paintings grew, Scott expanded his repertoire to include wine and spirits still-lifes, classic cars and lifestyle imagery. His art now hangs in museums, galleries and private collections in more than 60 countries.
Scott's career has also enabled him to live up to the values of taking personal responsibility and giving back to one's community. He and his sheltered 18-year-old daughter, Alexa, leave behind their family and lavish lifestyle in San Diego to spend six days in Newark, New Jersey to search for those most in need of financial help. They'll do this on a budget of $71 for the week.
IYO – International Youth Organization
IYO was founded by Carolyn Wallace and her late husband, James. The goal of the organization is for young people to get a job so they can take care of themselves. Scott and Alexa join a group that's been tasked with cleaning up a cemetery. Out in the field, a young man tells the story about how he helped raise his siblings after both parents passed away. Alexa can't imagine a world without her mom and dad.
Alexa lets the organization know that this is the first time they've ever volunteered for anything. Mrs. Wallace has given her so much motivation. Then she presents her with a check for $50,000. Cheers and applause fill the room. Lots of hugs, too. As for Mrs. Wallace, she does a little happy dance while holding that big check in her hand.
G.I. Go Veterans Transition Center
The transition center was founded after a friend of the men behind the place was killed in Iraq six years ago. They help veterans adjust to life when they get back home. Scott and Alexa take part in a training session for a midnight mission to search for homeless veterans. Alexa meets Ray, a Vietnam vet who suffers from PTSD. Scott is overwhelmed to see his daughter being so courageous so far out of her comfort zone.
Scott and Alexa take part in a "Stand Down" event which provides food, clothing and medical assistance to homeless veterans and their families. They meet the mother of Seth Dvorin, the 24-year-old who saved 18 men in Iraq. The G.I. Go fund exists to keep his memory alive. Seth's friends don't take a salary, they live at home and they barely scrape by. Scott wants to help them out right away. He presents the organization with a check for $75,000. Tears of joy stream down the face of Seth's mother. His friends are speechless. As for Scott and Alexa, they leave the place with smiles on their faces that will last the rest of the day.
The Glassroots organization helps disadvantaged youth through various art projects. This place sounds like it's right up Scott's alley. He meets Chris, a young man who used to sell drugs before putting his time to better use by making various glass projects. Scott sees a lot of himself in this 18-year-old kid. They bond even more during an early morning art fair.
Scott knows that if it wasn't for this organization that Chris would most likely be out on the street. That's why he wants to give a gift of $20,000 to keep things going. Wesley, the man who runs the place, assures him that this money will help them keep moving forward. Scott lets Chris know that he would like to be his mentor. He gives him a check for $2,500 to help assure that he never sells drugs again.
To find out more about each of these organizations that Scott and Alexa helped, visit our charities page.
To find out more about how the experience of being on Secret Millionaire changed Scott and Alexa, read their interview.