Aaron had moved six times by the time he was in 5th grade. His Dad was in prison and refused to communicate with him. Because Aaron moved around so much, it was difficult for him to make and keep friends, he was behind in his studies and had few male role models in his life.
Hopelessness, depression and feelings of isolation consumed Aaron.
When he was in 6th grade, his life changed after having moved near a Boys & Girls Club. While his Mom was grateful he had a safe place to go after school, Aaron came to realize his Club saved his life.
“The services and programs offered at the Club benefited all areas of my life,” says Aaron. “Power Hour gave me the opportunity to complete homework assignments I usually struggled with, Indiana Kids put me on a path to academic success and gave me an appreciation for continuing my education. Passport to Manhood was by far, the most influential program, because of the absence of a father figure in my life. Passport to Manhood taught me essential skills I otherwise would have missed out on … tying a tie, identifying tools in a toolbox, how to treat women, how to respect myself and others, positive decision making, key communication skills and information about entrepreneurship that literally changed the course of my life.”
Now a sophomore at Indiana University who was recently admitted to Kelley School of Business, Aaron is doing more than surviving, he is thriving. Thanks to your financial support, you helped bring life-changing, life-saving programming to Aaron ensuring he would become who he was meant to be.