Travon Jackson – age 13, Polk Unit

“I started coming to my Club four years ago because my mom wanted me to be off the streets after school.  Having been from Chicago, it was important for me to have something different to do and to be away from the wrong crowd of people.  I like the sports program because we get to play dodgeball and basketball.  I also like the art program, especially painting.  There are two staff members who have been influential in my life since I started coming to the Club.  Ms. Iris has influenced me because she taught me to be a leader and not to follow the crowd.  Jerome has also been influential because he is fun to hang out with.”