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Running Rebels: seeing the best in kids, even if they don’t see it themselves

As reported on onmilwaukee.com, written by Allison Dikanovic

Davonte (Dae) Hill recalls the day he stood in front of a judge as a 16-year-old. He was given two options: serve time in a detention center or get connected to a program at Running Rebels Community Organization.

Hill knew some kids who played on the Running Rebels basketball team, so he chose the latter.

“Looking back, I was a kid who was one good decision away from being successful and one bad decision away from throwing my life into the streets,” Hill said.

Ten years later, Hill is a full-time employee at Running Rebels. He is a youth adviser as part of an in-school program called Violence Free Zones, the head engineer of the entertainment program and a basketball coach, but the title he prefers is “mentor.”

“I think being a mentor is understanding the youth that we serve, taking them under our wings and unlocking their potential, because we see their lives from a different scope and perspective than they see their own lives,” Hill said.

He said the young people he works with know he came from a similar environment and seeing him doing fulfilling work helps them earn their trust.

“I look at the youth that I serve as the best versions of themselves,” Hill said. “I see presidents. I see the next big entertainer. I see the next big athlete or the next lawyer or doctor.”

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By | 2019-07-17T23:17:12+00:00 July 17th, 2019|Running Rebels|0 Comments