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Forever Family 8/11: 50 Large Program

By: Anna Johnson Email
By: Anna Johnson Email

Brook Lochore, Goodwill VP Public Relations: 50 Large brings in many community partners to give these men the most opportunity possible, so they can be successful be contributing members of society.

Anna: Who are the young men that are being target?

Larry Thompson, Leon County Schools: They are referred to us. We get referrals from the schools, administrators, from the courts, from juvenile justice.

Joseph Oakman, 50 Large participant: I was on the wrong trail going on the wrong path and they actually turned me around so I could make it.

Brook: With 50 Large being able to take this man bringing them to Goodwill and giving them the computers' skills they are going to have the technology component to be successful in school now.

Joseph:I know how to change the lap-top screen

Brook:And then also have the skills to get employment when they are ready.

BJ Fletcher, 50 Large Coordinator: Their self esteem seems to be build, you know, they want to be successful. And we indoctrinate these guys they have to dress for success, no sage and trousers around 50 Large. And they have to be respectful they have to learn how say:"Yes sir, and yes Ma'am, please and thank you".

Anna: Do you think it is going to make a difference in your life?

Keith Leslie, 50 Large participant: It already has!

Rhone Francis, 50 Large Case Manager: You are not benefiting yourself if you are behind bars. You are big benefit if you are out in the streets with stable job paying your taxes and being successful individual.

Joseph: It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. That can lead to a brighter future for me.

BJ: I feel like this is what we need in the community. It makes me feel very proud.


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