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The Best Decision This Mentor Ever Made…
Posted on September 30, 2016, by GAPMP
April Wooten is the Parent Mentor in Jones County. Recently, her son Marcus was featured by a local news station. The news story focuses on Marcus and his determination and success. His goal to learn to swim was the beginning, but his drive gave him the strength to push himself beyond that single goal. He also recently became employed. For April, the story is about how letting go and letting him practice self determination has led to her son’s continued success.
By April Wooten
Marcus attends the ClemsonLife program. He is in his second year. Marcus has two roommates and an ILA (a paid student of Clemson University) who stays in the apartment with him. Marcus’ swimming goals were supported with lots of volunteers and ClemsonLife staff.
He gets supports in reading, banking(math), life skills, employment and independent living. My advice to parents about post secondary education is to let your child have this opportunity.
It’s the best decision I have ever made.
Marcus has become his own self advocate. He has another goal and that is to live independently one day soon. My heart melts watching him grow into person he has become.
Recently, we were informed by Nikki Clinton, job coach at Clemson Life, that he has proven himself in other areas as well. She informed us that he got a job working on campus in Vickery Hall, the athletic tutoring building. Nikki told us that Marcus will primarily be working at the front desk with 1 or 2 other student workers. She wrote in an email, “This job is the most important job of the whole building, as he is the face of Vickery! Every athlete that walks through, Marcus will greet!” He will also assist Administrative Coordinator, in office tasks, as well as assist drivers when taking injured athletes to class on the golf carts.
Nikki also wrote, “I also want to tell you guys how impressed I was with Marcus’ interviewing skills! I had the pleasure of sitting in on the interview! He answered every question thoroughly and was himself the whole time! He was full of personality, full of stories (relevant to each question, of course), and extremely professional down to his body language! He was even prepared to ask the interviewers questions! I teared up at how well he did! You all should be extremely proud! “
My son Marcus has always been different. What I mean by that is, the doctors said he wasn’t going to make it and he did. They said he would never walk and he did. He has always believed that he could do anything.
In the future Marcus wants to help people (especially elderly people) He loves them and they love him. He volunteers at Stone Brooke Assisted Living Facility in our hometown of Gray, Ga.