Since 2014, Terron Edwards has supported leadership initiatives for men at Walnut Way as the Community Engagement Coordinator. He will continue to pursue his life mission to assist families, creating pathways for youth, and fostering the next generation of leadership around fatherhood and manhood, by taking a position in the Community Mentorship Program at Running Rebels.
Jeff didn’t know a knock on his door in the fall of 2014 would be a “game changer” as he calls it. He was down on his luck, depressed, staying at a family member’s home that was almost condemned. Unemployed and still recovering emotionally from a recent stint in jail, life was bleak. But then two men from Walnut Way – Terron Edwards and Maanaan Sabir – knocked on his door, introduced themselves, and invited him to the next Men’s Wellness Peer Group.
There is an African Philosophy called Umbuntu that means “I am because we are… a person is a person through other people”. The philosophy of Umbuntu has intrigued me since I learned about it. I have gradually embraced the principles of collectivism, personal responsibility, modeling and community since earlier in my adulthood, but I never heard these principles summarized in such a beautiful concise way! These principles have always been at the heart of my work with men, boys and community and I attempt to create spaces where these ideas are able to have a home.
The Boys to Leaders program which is geared for young men, ages 12 and up who live, play, or work in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood takes place every Tuesday evening at Walnut Way!