This week on JustLove, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan talks about teaching heroism to our communities and giving teens an alternative to a life on the street as the murder case of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman Feliz continues to unravel.
Dr. Phillip Zimbardo was a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University until 2003 and Founder of the Heroic Imagination Project. The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) is a non-profit organization that develops and implements education programs, research and public initiatives to inspire and encourage everyday heroism. Dr. Zimbardo will be talking to Msgr. Sullivan about the mission of HIP is to help people take effective action in challenging situations, preparing them to act with integrity, compassion, and moral courage, heightened by an understanding of the power of situational force.
Michael “Love” Rodriguez was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx. His mother raised him and two other children after her divorce when Michael was 5 years old. While in his teens but always grew up in the streets because of the influence of his uncles who were drug dealers. This lead him to the life of crime and at age 15 was arrested for a homicide. Michael will be talking to Msgr. Sullivan about his life in and out of prison and why he decided to turn his life around by helping youth stay off of the street through BronxConnect’s Release the Grip program.
Rev. Wendy Andrea Calderón Payne is the Executive Director of BronxConnect, the only Bronx-based, faith-based, community-based Alternative-to-Incarceration (ATI) and Alternative-to-Detention (ATD) program serving the community for over 15 years. Rev. Wendy will be the third guest within the second segment and will talk to Msgr. Sullivan about her work with BronxConnect and what the organization has been doing to cure the violence in the neighborhood.