“I love working with young men and women who are trying to figure out what they want to do in life. Mentorship is a key component for success for anybody. I didn’t have that stable mentorship growing up which is why I made some bad decisions growing up. That caused a lot of stress on me and my family. That is why I do the work I do now, to help young people access resources and hopefully derail them from going through the obstacles I did growing up.”“A s a undergraduate student at Northeastern Illinois University Ashor Jajou was a Social Work major, in the University Honors Program and McNair Scholars Program. His senior year he was the Student Government Association President, served on the University Advisory Council and University Planning and Budget Council and the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee. He interned at Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and went on to receive the Lincoln Laureate Award from the Governor of Illinois. He volunteered with F.O.R.C.E. since its inception in 2011 to advocate for legislative change to help alleviate discrimination against people with records. He also worked with youth on 26th street in Little Village for one year through the LuchArte Program which empowered young people to create change using art. Ashor continued his graduate studies in Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago and got his Masters in Social Work concentrating in Community Health and Urban Development. Ashor did his graduate school internship at Community Renewal Society. After obtaining his MSW in May 2015 he worked for Chicago Social Service Systems (CS3) in Chicago before coming to Curt’s in April of 2016.
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