'Pathway to Resilience' putting at-risk men on the right track - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

'Pathway to Resilience' putting at-risk men on the right track

A local program is changing the lives of former convicts, felons, and gang members by training them for jobs and careers. (Source: WOIO) A local program is changing the lives of former convicts, felons, and gang members by training them for jobs and careers. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A local program is changing the lives of former convicts, felons, and gang members by training them for jobs and careers.

It's a pilot program from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland called "Pathway to Resilience."

Launched late last year, the program is a six month career readiness and mentoring program for young men who were incarcerated or involved in gang activity. The program and it's mentors want to put these men on the right path, despite all they've been through.

The men attend training sessions at the Boys and Girls Club five days a week, and some say they've seen major changes already.

"Often time when you first me them, they would look away and now they're starting to build their confidence, starting to get a great understanding of who they are and what they want to become," said Ron Soeder, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Steve Rosen, one of the co-CEOs of Resilience Capital Partners, says many of the mentors and young men have been in similar situations.

"Well, isn't that powerful? We all think we're alone and no one came from where I came from and what I had to endure, the hardships," said Rosen.

Ambus Shephard has been attending training sessions and workshops since May. He says initially, he didn't want to be involved.

"I wasn't really on it, I didn't want to do it because the stuff I was so stuck on the streets. But I've got four boys and I wanted to make a change for them," he said.

Mentors at the club say they've seen major developments in the men, adding their desires to want more out of life is crucial.

One of the goals is to get these men ready for a career. All of the men say this is program gives them hope for their futures.

"I have kids to look after. I can't be out here doing the same dumb stuff I was doing. I want to make a change for them, I'm not living for myself anymore," said Shephard.

Download the Cleveland 19 News app and First Alert Weather app.

Copyright 2017 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Seen on 19Seen on 19More>>

  • Powerball jackpot up to $535M, drawing Saturday

    Powerball jackpot up to $535M, drawing Saturday

    Thursday, August 17 2017 10:00 AM EDT2017-08-17 14:00:30 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:46:47 GMT
    (Source: WOIO)(Source: WOIO)

    No one matched the winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday August 16, 2017, increasing the next jackpot to $535 million for Saturday night's drawing.

    More >>

    No one matched the winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday August 16, 2017, increasing the next jackpot to $535 million for Saturday night's drawing.

    More >>
  • LOOK HERE: 2017-18 School start dates

    LOOK HERE: 2017-18 School start dates

    Friday, August 18 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:43:41 GMT
    First day of school for students in NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO)First day of school for students in NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO)

    Summer is wrapping up and students all across the country and in northeast Ohio are headed back to school.  

    More >>

    Summer is wrapping up and students all across the country and in northeast Ohio are headed back to school.  

    More >>
  • Hopkins passenger reunited with valuable ring, thanks to TSA

    Hopkins passenger reunited with valuable ring, thanks to TSA

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-08-18 14:37:36 GMT
    Marijke Dauwen, who wears her deceased brother’s class ring as a tribute to him, was passing through a TSA security checkpoint at Hopkins in July when another passenger inadvertently picked up the ring. (Source: TSA)Marijke Dauwen, who wears her deceased brother’s class ring as a tribute to him, was passing through a TSA security checkpoint at Hopkins in July when another passenger inadvertently picked up the ring. (Source: TSA)

    A Transportation Security Administration Officer helped reunite a passenger traveling through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a valuable ring she misplaced at the airport last month.  

    More >>

    A Transportation Security Administration Officer helped reunite a passenger traveling through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a valuable ring she misplaced at the airport last month.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly