The360Experiment.com Staff Writer
Looking at Joseph Fordjour today, you wouldn’t realize that he’s actually got a criminal record. After the 17-year-old served time in juvenile hall for robbery, he vowed to change his life around.
In 2010, he joined the Santa Ana High School wrestling team then moved on to perform in the theatre department. He even won awards for his personal rap songs he had done about his life. Fordjour has received a full scholarship and will be attending college in the fall at CSU Fullerton.
“Now I have an opportunity to open a whole new chapter, and write it just the way I want to write it,” he said.
Since his release from juvenile hall, he’s been working to help his community and teach others about his life and his mistakes. He even has made his own connections with Laron Brown, a peer mentor with Orangewood Children’s Foundation, a workshop that teaches 18-year-olds how to survive in the real world as adults.
“Joseph’s one of those guys who has swag. They’re definitely mature, and he’s smart, and he’s driven. He’s motivated,” Brown said.
Brown’s life was similar to Fordjour’s so the two have always been compatible since they were first paired together. Through unlikely accounts, they both ended up in a bad place and were able to recover and move past that part of their life. They now are working together to move forward with their own lives, each helping one another.
“I feel like I was part of that piece. I feel like I was one of the people who helped him along the way,” Brown said.
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