SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) At the Boys and Girls Club in Scranton, we meet quiet — thoughtful –17-year-old Franklin.
He’s starting to think about his future ..and his passion is working with kids.
“You don’t want them going out in the real world and getting in a fight and getting hurt.”
Franklin is getting a private tour of the facility led by executive director Tricia Thomas.
“So we always have a staff person in here helping the kids with their homework.”
And in the homework room…The first test for Franklin.
He’s introduced to a younger child who’s a little shy and won’t shake his hand at first.
So Franklin adapts “on the fly” like a pro.
“I think he’s a natural to work with kids. He proved it to me right there in that little scenario. He knew just what to do to make the kid comfortable and it worked out great.” Said Tricia Thomas
Onto the game room..
Where it didn’t take long to fit right in…….”child focus” recruiter Marian Kolcun was watching.
She’s worked with Franklin for two years..
“He went from being someone who was less social to now being someone who is very social…He likes to interact with people. Both adults and his peers.”
In the computer room..Inquisitive Franklin is always asking questions.
It’s those reactions with kids — and serving as a role model– that Franklin lives for.
“When kids get picked on I’ll talk to them. ‘how are you feeling? Are you ok? Do you want to talk to me?'” Franklin told Chris.
That compassion and a knack for listening makes him the perfect addition …to your family.
“A family that is active would be the best one for him. Because he does want to get involved and do things with the family.” said Marian Kolcun
Leaving the Boys and Girls club with a handshake and a business card in his pocket, Franklin says he’s feels right at home..
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