Stories

“If my life was an album, the title would be ‘There and Back’. I done been all the way to the extremes. I done been to the penitentiary. I’ve done been through all of the hardships and now, I’m back. I’m comfortable and back with my family, living life. I’m level-headed. I have kids, now. I’m here, I’m back, and I’m not going anywhere because I have to be here for them.   It’s been a struggle as a young black man. That’s 2 strikes, right there. It’s 3, now because we’re in America. That’s the struggle, right there.” - Swag (Left)  “Going to jail was the defining moment that shaped me into the man that I am. I was watching who was there and who wasn’t there. I would brainstorm about what I was going to do when I got out to keep from being broke. I’ve been out for a year, now. My family inspires me everyday.  My advice to the world is to stay focused and level headed. You can accomplish anything out here and make a living doing it.”- TJ (Right), Shawnee

“If my life was an album, the title would be ‘There and Back’. I done been all the way to the extremes. I done been to the penitentiary. I’ve done been through all of the hardships and now, I’m back. I’m comfortable and back with my family, living life. I’m level-headed. I have kids, now. I’m here, I’m back, and I’m not going anywhere because I have to be here for them. 

It’s been a struggle as a young black man. That’s 2 strikes, right there. It’s 3, now because we’re in America. That’s the struggle, right there.” - Swag (Left)

“Going to jail was the defining moment that shaped me into the man that I am. I was watching who was there and who wasn’t there. I would brainstorm about what I was going to do when I got out to keep from being broke. I’ve been out for a year, now. My family inspires me everyday.

My advice to the world is to stay focused and level headed. You can accomplish anything out here and make a living doing it.”- TJ (Right), Shawnee