Thell Robinson III, Moral Therapy
Thell Robinson, III comes from a rough background. He writes, “I made it out of that thug life. I’ve been there and done that on that thug life. It takes some one that has been through it all and made it out to show the at risk youth that the other side of life is real. Not to mention to navigate around the snares and temptation that at risk youth need to adjust as normal citizens.”
After turning his life around, working as a mentor and conflict mediator to gang members and at-risk youth in central Ohio, Thell founded Moral Therapy to help local youth avoid repeating his experience.
The four components of Moral Therapy are communication skills, mental health skills, academic skills, and cognitive skills. By encouraging development in these areas and job readiness, he hopes this will lead to college or trade school enrollment, and a subsequent reduction in gang violence in local communities.
His goal is to “make Columbus a safe place to live….and curb the violence,” he said.
The funds from The Pollination Project will go toward infrastructure and communication needs, as well as bus passes for the participants so they can get to their classes and activities.
GRANT AWARD DATE: November 4, 2014