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Aug 9, 2018  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on native Jef­fry Hahn grad­u­at­ed from Mar­i­on High School in 1999. After grad­u­a­tion, he made steps to pur­sue a high­er edu­ca­tion, but instead began hav­ing chil­dren and work­ing odd jobs. Hahn expressed he was liv­ing a lost life” at the time. He explained that although he had very sup­port­ive par­ents and fam­i­ly, he head­ed down the wrong path and lived the street life” for many years. 

In 2005, Hahn lost a friend who was shot and killed. That was when he said he began to turn his life around. He began to focus more on his daugh­ters and became involved in their school­ing & activ­i­ties. Dur­ing that tran­si­tion, Hahn was intro­duced to a fam­i­ly-focused group called Kids Hope through IWU, and got his girls involved and also active with the group’s trav­el­ing choir. The ladies who ran the pro­gram encour­aged him to begin work­ing with and men­tor­ing chil­dren after see­ing the many rela­tion­ships he had devel­oped with the neigh­bor­hood kids. 

Over the years, Hahn became more and more active with the com­mu­ni­ty. He got involved with MPow­er with Dr. David Moore, enrich­ing the lives of under­priv­i­leged youth. To this day, he remains active with MPow­er coor­di­nat­ing cleanups, com­mu­ni­ty gar­den­ing, and more. Hahn recent­ly became the new Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Boys & Girls Club of Grant Coun­ty after work­ing there for four years and devel­op­ing rela­tion­ships with the kids. He also coach­es bas­ket­ball for Jus­tice Mid­dle School and a trav­el­ing team through the Boys & Girls Club.

I have a deep con­nec­tion with these chil­dren and their par­ents. They are all fam­i­ly to me. I talk to and relate to dads who are in and out of trou­ble. But, in order to help them find the right path, it’s impor­tant for them to want to be found and learn who they tru­ly are, why they feel what they feel, and learn to love oth­ers,” said Hahn.

Hahn described him­self as once a hard-head­ed kid who thought he knew every­thing, but lat­er dis­cov­ered he was chas­ing the wrong things. For sev­er­al years now, he has been mak­ing evi­dent strides in self-dis­cov­ery and has found his pur­pose chang­ing the lives of count­less chil­dren & fam­i­lies in Marion.

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