Jesse | Appleton, WI
“Now I work with youth and people looking for recovery. Because of my own life experiences, I’m able to connect and really meet them where they’re at and hopefully help them.
They’re on the verge of getting thrown out on a weekly basis or they had no food…all the things that come with being part of a marginalized community. Many of them had tragic stories, but week after week they’re coming in, they’re connecting, they’re learning. We had opportunities for those youth to step into leadership positions and we got to see some of them just take off. Knowing that I’ve had a small part in helping plant those seeds for them and impacting their lives…and that they made it through some of those really difficult years.”
Become part of the Love Wisconsin
“As a youth I was in the Big Pals program. I got my moral compass and a lot of my values from that relationship. Even knowing the circumstances I was in, that family continued to welcome me in week after week for over seven years. Even when I was involved with the legal system, even when I had social workers, I had people that were just in my corner no matter what. That was really cool.
-Jesse | Appleton, WI