COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The ongoing violence in Columbus inspired a man to get his bags and return to town. Now he hopes his nonprofit can help contain the violence and bring about change.
Job Clarkson said he grew up in Linden and knows what it is like to be a victim of bad decisions.
“Before I was 24, I had already committed crimes and had come into conflict with the law,” he said. “One of my friends took me to the studio and I haven’t had any problems since.”
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Clarkson said when he discovered his love for the entertainment industry, he started his nonprofit, The Heart of Job Foundation.
He was living in California when he brought his vision to life, but one phone call made it clear he had to bring the program to Columbus.
“I lost two of my best friends while I was away,” said Clarkson. “One of them was a video music producer. Last year he lost his life on Mother’s Day. The entertainment dies in the city when friends of mine die in the entertainment. “
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From July 5th he will transform a local economic center in Linden into a place of opportunity. Young adults ages 12 to 24 can learn singing, composing, video editing, sound engineering, and other skills. He hopes this summer program will inspire young people to think about different career opportunities.
Angela Smith, 18, said she was waiting for something like this.
“I don’t think kids get that often in places like school or at work,” she said.
Smith said that although she does not live in Linden, she is ready to commute for this opportunity to have the experience and be the voice of this program among her peers.
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Clarkson said the free program would run three days a week. There are currently around 20 places available for the program.
He hopes that other city and community leaders will also get involved and devote more resources to the effort.
To sign up, visit https://www.heartofjobfoundation.org/