The New York Times ran a piece called "Who Should Be Invited to the State of the Union?." Below is a response from New Profit Managing Partner, Kim Syman.
"When Derik Gilmore was 17, he was jailed for three years on drug charges. While incarcerated, he earned his G.E.D. After his release, he joined an intensive re-immersion program at Roca, an organization that helps high-risk youth escape cycles of repeat arrests, joblessness and homelessness. Trained by Roca in culinary arts and carpentry, Gilmore is thriving in his job at a restaurant in Boston’s Seaport area.
Gilmore is making strides against recidivism, which is a destructive force in low-income communities. His story is about transformation, which would be a great theme for President Obama to focus on as he attempts to bridge the partisan divide on poverty."
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