– After many years of witnessing his father abuse his mother, 18-year-old Phillipe was determined to be a different kind of man. He came to Immokalee Outreach after his parents separated.

His mother worked hard to be both loving and firm to provide a stable environment for her son, but she knew he needed a strong male role model and someone to talk to.

With his advocate, Phillipe talked about coping with feelings, accountability, decision making and anger management. When obstacles crossed his path, he chose to deal with them in non-violent ways.

An advanced placement student, Phillipe’s big moment came about when he received a football scholarship to attend Ave Maria University. It was an opportunity that allowed him to pursue his goals and continue to be there for his mom and younger brother.