Janitor earns way to lead program
July 12, 2010
WESTFIELD, MA — As a college student, Sean C. Hemingway, 35, wrote a final paper titled "A Janitor''s Journey through the Juvenile Justice System," according to The Republican.
Hemingway was the janitor, and the journey took him through the back alleys of Springfield, where he was going to school days at Springfield Technical Community College and working nights as a janitor at a state program for troubled youth on Worthington Street, the article stated.
According to the article, Hemingway has risen through the ranks of the Center for Human Development and was recently named director of two of the agency''s juvenile justice programs in Westfield: The Assessment Program and Juvenile Justice Supports.
Each day, Hemingway and his staff work with the most violent and dangerous youth in the region, teenagers convicted of armed carjackings, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, along with drug and sex crimes, the article noted.
"That''s the gratitude of some of these young men and their families when we''ve given them really good care and helped them see the light," Hemingway said.
"We''re not just here to store these kids in jail-like settings and go through the motions — I want to make sure they don''t graduate to the adult correctional system," Hemingway added.
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