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Emi and Tia: The Power of Art and Friendship

August 20th, 2018

When Emi and Tia are together, an extraordinary amount of energy and joy fill the room, whether they are dancing, drawing or just hanging out. They like being together, and it shows. The teens clearly recognize and appreciate one another’s strengths, and they’re quick to point those strengths out to anyone who is listening. Tia,…

Allie: Caring for Avett

August 20th, 2018

When Allie’s son Avett was born, there were several things she was not 100% prepared for: a broken leg, surgery, a diagnosis of Down syndrome and the high cost of childcare. The young family got through those first months by deciding to just “roll with it,” she explains with a calm smile directed at Avett,…

Joseline and Zoraida: Matched for Success

August 20th, 2018

For as long as 18-year-old Joseline can remember, she wanted to go to college. At times, though, she didn’t feel like all her studying and hard work would be enough to get her there. Her Big Sister Zoraida, on the other hand, had no doubt Joseline would overcome any barriers she encountered, and succeed in…

DeLena: Connecting a Community

August 20th, 2018

More than 20 Linden agency leaders dropped everything in the middle of a work day and enthusiastically responded to DeLena Scales’ request to join her for a quick group photo during our interview. That tells you a lot about DeLena, a passionate leader in the community, who others trust and look to for guidance. “I’m…

Rachael: Changing Her Trajectory

August 20th, 2018

After moving back to Ohio from Louisiana, Rachael was struggling to find a job that would pay her bills. After finishing a contract job running a summer youth employment program, she watched her small savings account dwindle. She knew her struggle would become insurmountable if she didn’t find help soon. “I had a couple of…

Heath: Grateful for a Life Support

August 20th, 2018

Heath had a great paying job he loved and took pride in, providing closed captioning for hearing impaired students at a local university. When the recession hit, though, he lost his job and spiraled into a depression. He had little choice but to take several low-wage jobs that eventually crippled his self-esteem even further. “All…

James: Finding a Pathway to Work

August 20th, 2018

James has spent a good deal of his life watching loved ones and people around him battle drug addiction. As a boy growing up on the east side, life was “crazy” and difficult, he admits. He has lived and slept on the streets more than he cares to remember. After his mother went to jail,…

Lamar: Helping Teens Beat the Odds

August 20th, 2018

The bone-cold night that Lamar crawled into an unlocked church van to sleep was the same night he knew he had to ask for help. At age 22, he had recently discovered a passion for politics, but he had also become homeless. His days were spent trying to find food and shelter, and he had…

We Fight for Jaylin on the North Side

August 8th, 2017

When Jaylin and his younger brothers arrived to live with their grandmother, she wasn’t quite sure what to do. “I had girls. I don’t know about guy stuff.” Fortunately, each boy found a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fifteen-year-old Jaylin has really connected with his Big Brother, Matt. “Having a mentor has changed my…

We Fight for Alexis on the South Side

August 8th, 2017

Behind 17-year-old Alexis’ shy smile is a poised confidence many teens don’t possess. One of the first to join the South Side Boys & Girls Club, Alexis plays on the volleyball team, is a junior staff member and participates in the Club’s leadership program. She’s a role model who has testified at the Statehouse regarding…

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