A HISTORY OF SUCCESS

Student Stories Archive

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Solo

Is the American Dream still a thing? Can someone still pull himself out of poverty with hard work and dedication? Or is that dream dead? If ever a Turn90 student...
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Tonio

Perhaps the most telling part of Tonio’s story is that he refers to his childhood neighborhood, where he saw drug sales and violence, as “regular.”  It’s what he saw, what...
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Malik

Malik’s trauma runs deep. His story has a high body count, and it’s not an easy one to tell. But it’s his, just the same. * * * * Malik...
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Rashad “Melo”

We hear it all the time. The square life – this rule-following, law-abiding life we ask Turn90 participants to lead – is boring. Long days at work, long nights at...
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Unk

There’s a scene in The Shawshank Redemption where Brooks, the elderly man who’s been incarcerated for most of his life and has just been released, sits in his rented room,...
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Emanuel

The impacts of organized crime can echo through generations. In Emanuel’s case, it shaped his life so completely he wouldn’t be able to fulfill his dream of being a “square”...
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Ben

We say all the time around here that trouble is easy to get into, but really hard to get out of. Ben is a great example of this. Coming from...
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Jonathan

Jonathan is 35 years old but doesn’t look a day over 20. “Prison preserved me,” he says with a laugh when we sit down to talk. But I think it’s...
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Troy

Every Turning Leaf participant is unique. Special. Different backgrounds, different education levels. Different family structures and barriers to success. Troy, though. Now here’s a guy who really stands out. He...