[NE Programs] A Real Second Chance: Jahath's Story

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MCC_MA-jahath-close-upI am a young man who is on an incredible journey of self-identity and experience. I grew up in an area with a lack of opportunities and a lot of crime. I work with Gateway to College, a national organization that provides education for "at risk" students. I enjoy writing, reading, photography and community.

I grew up in Brockton, MA in a biracial family. My community has a history of drugs and violence, some of which I witnessed growing up. I dropped out of high-school but came back for my education at Gateway to College, a great program that gives people like me a second chance. In 2009 I was nearly beaten to death in a gang related robbery that required me to have extensive surgeries to repair my face.  I volunteer in the community and take an active role in developing programs for youth to improve their odds, I am interested in opportunity nation because I feel a disconnection between the corporate world and the interests of the American People. We need community capitalism, business that is not solely based on profits but also the advancement of opportunities and rejuvenation of our society. Being involved in your campaign may give me skills, knowledge, and connections which can improve the work I at home.

My commitment would be to ask questions of those who have the most experience in opportunity advancement (perhaps by video interview/social media campaign) I would like to take back the strategies and tactics I learn at the conference and apply them to my own community. I also want to develop workshops that promote innovative ways to learn and grow for at risk students.

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