Join Jawara Griffin as he shares his story and discusses his memoir, Homeboy.
At the age of eight, Jawara Griffin was left alone with three of his brothers and one sister in their dilapidated home in North Philadelphia. He struggled, stole and somehow made it through with just a few shared pieces of clothing and torn up pair of sneakers. Later, wrenched away from his siblings due to his mother’s drug addiction, Jawara was moved from group home to group home and was dubbed a “home boy” by his cruel classmates in school. Throughout all this he persevered and followed the advice of a teacher to keep a smile on his face at all times and fight for what he wanted. His positive mindset paid off, and today Jawara is a successful Attorney.
By sharing his story, Jawara hopes to inspire others by reassuring them that “No matter what you are going through today, I promise you, you will all be winners in life.” He also seeks to reach those working with and providing services to youth in the child welfare system, motivating them to provide the best care and mentorship possible.
Ticketing – Receive a copy of Homeboy when you spend over $20 on your ticket. All proceeds support More Than Words, a non-profit social enterprise empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis, and are not tax deductible donations.