Adversity


Jay Sellers, a member of the North Philadelphia community, was 15 when his father died suddenly, leaving him lost and upset. Without the sense of security that his father provided for him, he left home to live with his grandmother and got involved in drugs. Realizing he needed to get off the streets, he once again ran away but this time to college. Now an associate director of a longterm care facility for adults with special needs, Jay shares his story of how he overcame adversity and how he gives back to the North Philadelphia community. Dr. Kate Lewis Nolt, an expert in behavior modification and community public health, also shares insight on how loss can affect young people, how to cope with that loss, and how to find a sense of direction within oneself or within the community.

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