Don't let your past affect your future.
Organized by: Matthew Arradondo
Hello. I am trying to raise money to be able to help kids and teen stay on the correct path. First of all let me tell you about myself. I am a Ex Felon. I have been out of the "Court Systems" for quite some time. Because of my past, I have a very hard time with living life like a normal person. I get denied jobs that I am qualified for based on what I did years and years ago. I can't have my name on a Apartment lease because of what I did over 15 years ago. I am CONSTANTLY looked down upon and not giving a chance because of my past. I spent time in group homes and places like that. I've spent time in jail and prisons. I've learned my lesson, I've paid my debt to society, I've done EVERYTHING that was required of me. But I still get treated as if I'm the same person I was 15 years ago. I struggle to pay rent, struggle to pay bills, struggle to have dinner on my table every night. All because of my past. I can barely get a job making minimum wage because of my past. I want to be able to help the youth of my community. I want to be able to show them 1st hand that the decisions they make today can and will affect their future, either for the good or the bad. I feel that my experience can be very helpful to the kids that may be struggling with issues that may end up affecting there future. I've made the bad choices. I've had to deal with the consequences. I don't want others to have to go through what I have/ am. I do not want these kids to ruin a future that they haven't even seen yet. I really believe I can make a HUGE difference in not just some of these kids lives and futures, but in my community as well.. As much as I would like to, I can't do it on my own. I would like to open a center. A place the kids can feel safe, a place they can eat when they are hungry, a place they can get guidance, a place they can ask for help and not be embarrassed, a place to help them find there own personalized road to their future.
I plan to use the money to rent a building,office or shop where the kids can come and hangout and talk, play games, look for jobs, plan there future etc. The money will go to activities, personal needs for the kids such as food, school clothes. I plan on providing them with tools to shape there future. Things such as pay for educational classes that might be of instrest to them. Trips to places. And anything else that will help them. Also to recruit volunteers to help out. Counselors, college advisors, life coaches, etc....