Look Who Made My Day

Hey MayaIndia Sweeties! FullSizeRender-9   As many of you already know, I am a Clinical Social Worker by profession. I am currently employed full time in a Long Island high school and I love what I do. People often tell me they don't know how I do my job because it seems so difficult. Honestly, there are some pretty tough days, but there are also days when it all totally makes sense. Today was one of those days. Over the years, I have met people who have had such a negative high school experience that once they graduated, they never looked back. I have been blessed with the chance to develop great relationships with the students I've come in contact with. These kids actually WANT to keep in touch with me and come back to visit whenever they can. One of my former students, Marquise Chess, returned to school today as a speaker during our Human Relations Day program. He spoke about his journey developing a business as a young entrepreneur who is fusing his passion for cooking with his love of music. He has been courted by Hell's Kitchen, Spike TV and Food Network. He was even a contestant on the Great Food Truck Race. FullSizeRender-6 FullSizeRender-7 Each time I speak to him, I learn something new. I can't help but offer words of support and encouragement and I am sure he will reach his goals- he's got that "it factor". If you don't believe me, check out his debut cooking show. It's days like this that I really appreciate my position even more and I only hope I can continue to have a positive influence on my students. You can connect with Keese on Facebook and Instagram at KookingWithKeese and on Twitter @DJKeese. Supporting our youth is extremely important- after all, they are our future. Until next time, Stay Sweet  
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