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.