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Mentorship for Boys in Juvenile Prison

Not so long ago, I joined this wonderful forum and met people who were doing things with the resources that they had at their disposal. I remember attending the World Pulse meeting in Nairobi and meeting the likes of Leah Okeyo, Jane Anyango and many others. Though I was the only male in attendance, what I had to do to effect the kind of change I wanted to see happening wasn't lost on me.

I left the meeting with one resolve. I was going to do all I could to start mentoring boys through reading initiatives. I was working as TV producer by then. I started by meeting children and coming up with forums for boys that would meet on a weekly basis. When I met about 100 boys aged 13-17 in juvenile prison, my life totally changed. I became so engrossed and consumed (in a good way, hahaha) to what I was doing with the boys to an extent I started looking back to what I grew up wanting to do. Apart from the juvenile prison program, I also run a reading initiative for a primary school where the children are showing a remarkable improvement in class.

With time, it was apparent I had to quit my job and focus on pursuing my dream and vision. I had what I thought was a simple plans. I quit my job and started looking for a writing job which I strongly believed would free me to focus on the mentorship program.

There have been a lot of challenges. But the successes I have made far outweigh them. I am yet to find a job and making ends meet in terms of catering for my personal needs isn't easy. Though I am struggling, I am happy that I have made a lasting impact on the boys I have met in juvenile prison. A good number of them have regained their freedom, embraced a crime free life and gone back to school. Every day I wake up in the morning believing it could be my biggest break as a writer. I keep looking for jobs and with each, rejection letter, I know it is only a matter of time before my dreams come true.

I have learned much more from engaging with the boys. And as I soldier on to the Year 2014, I have decided to continue the good fight and hope the universe will take care of my needs. I am writing and looking for jobs at the same time.I am at a point in my life where most friends misunderstand me due to the choices I have made. But I know I am doing what I am meant to do on Mother Earth and hope I get a job soon, or a donor to partner with because when all is said and done, I need finances.

I am living a full life. Thanks to the World Pulse Forum I attended in Nairobi.

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jacollura's picture

Thank you for your important

Thank you for your important work with boys. Please continue to be a positive role model to them. And please keep writing!
All the best,
Julie
World Pulse Volunteer

ahdihassan's picture

you are doing good job best

you are doing good job best of luck!

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