I am delighted that I will be able to join hundreds of area residents at this year's Nan Cheney March for Justice Award presentation on Thursday, May 3 at Monona Terrace. The event, sponsored by Forward Community Investments gets underway at 5:00 p.m.
This year's recipient is Will Green, the founder and director of Mentoring Positives, a nonprofit that mentors and guides youth – many of them youth of color – in Madison's Darbo neighborhood. For more than 10 years, Will and his wife, Becky, have touched the lives of more than 2,500 young people, teaching them what it means to reach their fullest potential and offering them the resources to overcome peer pressure.
Mentoring Positives also introduces youth to entrepreneurship through the production of Off the Block salsa. Will and his team of youth entrepreneurs have grown and harvested tomatoes, turned those tomatoes into salsa and marketed and sold jars of Off the Block salsa in Metcalf's and other stores across Dane County. Sale proceeds go towards supporting the work of Mentoring Positives.
In addition to leading Mentoring Positives, Will is the girls' varsity basketball coach at Madison's LaFollette High School.