***Update! Click here to read about what Cop has been up to since he accepted his award.***
As a Corpsmember with The Work Group in Camden, NJ, Cop excelled quickly and became a “peer reinforcer,” counseling new members coming into the program. Although just years ago he trekked by foot through the jungles of Cambodia into Thailand to come to America with his family, Cop’s toughest times were actually his early years in the U.S. when he got caught up in street life and fighting, was expelled from the traditional school system, and spent time in juvenile detention.
After joining The Work Group at the recommendation of a friend, Cop passed his GED test, earned his customer service credential, obtained his driver’s license, and was promoted to a peer advisor due to his natural ability to relate to and influence his peers.
Cop plans to go to school and learn more about the real estate business and has started the process to get his citizenship. He also currently works as a Support Services Associate at a Philadelphia hospital.
(written in 2007)