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Gary Wyatt shares his path of redemption, commitment and leadership

garywyattGary Wyatt,
Photo Courtesy of Leadership Akron

 

Story by Laura Ofobike – Courtesy of Leadership Akron Class ’12

 

Gary Wyatt has been on both sides of the addiction divide. Speaking to a Leadership on Main audience, the co-founder of North Hill Community House told a compelling story of personal redemption and commitment, and surprisingly to himself, leadership.

As a child, he saw his parents’ struggles with alcoholism and poverty. When he was a student and an athlete at Garfield High School, he did a “little alcohol and a little pot” now and then, he said, but never anything that got him into trouble. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school to see the world, served four years and returned to Akron in 1989.

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Breaking the Chains of Poverty, One Link at a Time

golf1South Akron Youth Mentorship, SAYM

 

Story By Dorothy Markulis

 

There is a small, dedicated army of men and women hard at work changing young lives and molding future citizens with love and God’s word.

The mission of the South Akron Youth Mentorship, SAYM, is to break generational poverty – by mentoring – one life at a time, according to its executive director Donald C. Breece.

SAYM takes students, ages 5 through 19, living along the South Arlington Road corridor (from Waterloo Road to Route 76 and Kelly Avenue to Route 8), gives them a meal, provides Bible-based lessons, gives them an opportunity to play organized sports, listens to their problems and assists them in meeting their particular challenges.

“We scratch them where they itch,” Breece said.

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