YOU Boston client Aaron J. Nevers presented on behalf of YOU Boston at the Shannon Grant Day Rally at the State House on April 6, 2011. Aaron provided heartfelt testimony about the impact YOU has had on his own success as he overcame the barriers of incarceration, gang involvement, and obtaining employment with a CORI.
"YOU has given me a chance for a bigger and brighter future I must say," said Nevers. "Before YOU I was hanging with the wrong group of friends from the neighborhood doing the wrong things and in situations that would leave the ones I love visiting me miles away or putting flowers by my grave once a year.
"Now I have earned my GED, hold a career job placement in a local union, and live crime-free ever since thanks to a couple of great people who believed in me enough to give me a second chance and a program that made that possible."