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Jonathan spent nine years in foster care in New York, and aged out when he was 19. While in care, he spent time in four different placements. He serves on the Mercy First youth advisory council. From volunteering to serve Thanksgiving dinners to supporting families at visiting nights, to volunteering as a member of the NYPD Auxillary Police Force, he is always ready to lend a hand. Jonathan has been described as one of the brightest stars at Mercy First. He always has a smile on his face and is not afraid to ask for direction and clarity when needed. He also serves as a support for the other youth in the agency, giving them advice and taking them under his wing. Jonathan lived successfully in his own apartment for two years before his discharge from foster care. He also takes an active role in the life of his younger brother, giving him a stable, honest and good role model. Jonathan wants to become one of New York’s Finest and join the New York City Police Department. He is currently enrolled in Borough of Manhattan Community College pursuing a major in criminal justice. Jonathan is an incredibly fair-minded person who is always willing to help others out.

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