My name is Wellington Melo and I joined Turn It Around in 2016. I grew up in Charlestown my whole life. When I was younger, I was a troubled kid and was surrounded by negative activity. I was one of the
kids selling drugs to make money to survive and I saw firsthand how the drugs were affecting people, but I was a kid and I only worried about the money, not realizing how I was destroying my community.
Now that I am a little more grown up and have positive people in my life to steer me in the right direction, I can look back and see how these people are actually suffering. Many people that are using
are homeless, sick, starving, and even dying. I joined Turn it Around to better my knowledge about the big issue and be able to give back to the community that I was hurting. Turn it Around has opened my
eyes to a brighter future and is giving me great opportunities to better my life. Getting connected to the Turn It Around program also provided me with opportunities to keep me off of the streets, giving me
something positive to be a part of, and has helped me avoid gang activity and run-ins with the law.
This group “ Turn It Around” can be a good impact in the future, giving me experience on how to work with the community and also to help keep kids on the positive path, like me!