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Involved with Big Brothers and AmeriCorps since age 23

At 23, John joined up with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and his life has never been the same since. John threw himself into the program, mentoring his 'little'--an 8 year-old boy who had recently lost his father to AIDS and whose mother was also battling the disease. Before she passed away, John promised that he would continue to look out for her son and make sure that he would graduate college. Fifteen years later, John's and his 'little' had both held up their ends of the bargain, with his little's graduation from Washington and Jefferson College.

But John wanted to do more. The disparity between his own life and that of his 'little' motivated him to quit his job and join AmeriCorps' 2nd Year class. For two years, John served in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District, where he helped set up the first computer labs in the neighborhood and taught GED classes to young mothers and fathers.

Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JohnFetterman.com , Sep 22, 2015

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