Living proof that life goes on
How did I come to be so passionate about helping young people through transitions? My bio lays out all the facts. But there’s more to the story.
I was raised between southern California and Boulder, Colorado. This because my parents divorced when I was eight. I understand broken families. Mine could be labeled that way. But I also know that as Leonard Cohen sings: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” I focus on that.
I empathize with people who feel hopeless because I’ve been there. I’ve survived trauma, abuse, all sorts of creative and destructive methods to self medicate and find an escape. By amazing Grace and through the love of others, I no longer live alone in darkness. Recovery is more than just letting go of substances and addictive behavior. It’s about owning our life. We actually get to choose the life we want to live. I however, could not do it alone. I tried desperately to get better by myself and nothing worked. Through genuine connection with others, I have been able to heal slowly but surely. I like to pass that on to others whenever and wherever possible.
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- Madelife creative accelerator program that my wife Mae and I started in 2013 that provides AIM House participants with intensive mentorship from professionals in graphic design, music, video, film, photography and other creative digital businesses.
- The CU Collegiate Recovery Center, which I founded in 2013 to give students in recovery a safe and supportive space in which to maintain their sobriety. I was also instrumental in creating recovery housing for the university.
- Speaking engagements at national conferences on the topic of adolescents, young adult transition, and parenting.
- I am Vice Board Chair and founding member of the new Renee Crown Wellness Center at CU