Young Men Program, Springfield
“I didn’t know anything about the streets. So I needed to do something to gain my respect,” Trevor says of growing up in Springfield. “Fighting for your life, that is one of the scariest things.” He spent 18 months in jail and was eventually released without ever being convicted.
Trevor remembers when Carlos, a youth worker, first approached him about Roca—a program Carlos said could change his life. Reluctant at first, Carlos started going to Roca but wasn’t fully committed. Still, Roca continued to reach out to Trevor to get him to participate.
Trevor was on one of the first work crews in Springfield. To him, it was a big opportunity because he couldn’t find a job anywhere. “That experience right there just humbled me because now I’m getting paid for what I’m doing.”
Since then, Trevor has continued working, knowing that he has to keep going for his son. “Roca, they showed me that there is another way,” Trevor says. “I’m so thankful for that.”
“Roca, they showed me that there is another way. I’m so thankful for that.”