Prince Jackson explains his personal connection to foster youths

Michael Jackson's eldest opens up about giving back.

— -- Prince Jackson is giving back, helping those who have aged out of the foster care system.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Jackson explained why this project was especially meaningful to him.

"When my dad died, the thought of being in the foster system crossed my mind, but I was fortunate to have an incredible grandmother and cousin, TJ, to fall back on," he said. "It became a passion of mine for a few reasons: One is because we provide a home for kids and a home is very instrumental in the growth of a child. Secondly, because we are trying to end homelessness and this acts as a pre-empt against it."

"For me, personally, I was honored that I had the fortune to be able to work with a Sense of Home and all of their volunteers. I was proud that we had finished this project for Heal Los Angeles and had built a home for a women and her children," he said. "Most importantly, I was happy because I could see her happiness when we finished the apartment."

He credits the King of Pop, who died in 2009, with instilling in him the importance of giving back.

"Helping others is important to me because it was important to my dad," Prince Jackson said. "He taught me and showed me that we cannot get anywhere in this life — professionally, physically, mentally, emotionally — without helping each other out."

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