Jessie is Good at Advocacy
Dana is Good at Making Pizza
Nate is Good at Being a Loveable Smartass
Steve is Good at Landscaping and Gardening
Butch is Good a Reaching Enlightenment
Bill is Good at Arranging Flowers
Hazell is Good at Following Directions
Jordan is Good at Voguing
ShaQjuan is Good at Getting the Message Across
Shana is Good at Peer-support
Jessie is Good at Advocacy

She shared her story of speaking up when someone near to her was being neglected in an institutional setting. Rallying her fellows, they created changes that got the higher-ups to intervene. This action creates waves. Seen or unseen, speaking up institutes change.

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Dana is Good at Making Pizza

Taught by her mother, she is enjoys baking chicken and crafting hamburgers as well. Whenever visiting family, she makes sure to get her hands dirty in the kitchen.

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Nate is Good at Being a Loveable Smartass

While hanging around the interview space, Nate was friendly but seemed shy at first. Opening up in the interview, he admitted that his wisecracking behavior served as his greatest asset and defense
mechanism.
After a while, his defenses came down and the warm side of Nate emerged. He shared his passion for being creative and strong love of pizza.

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Steve is Good at Landscaping and Gardening

He detailed the process of putting together his tools, prepping the yard by finding and disposing of debris, and cleaning up afterwards with the same enthusiasm as one has describing any treasured hobby. Being productive outside appeared to be the biggest draw.

Most of his clients were the elderly and Steve misses hanging out with clients after finishing the job. As his clients were also his  neighbors, there was always time to catch up after a job and enjoy lemonade and chat.

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Butch is Good a Reaching Enlightenment

Butch is good at a number of things including being a Santa and playing a number of different instruments. Enlightenment is not something that one can ever fully master and therefore could be argued is not a talent, but the road to enlightenment is one that reveals more to the self and your environment than any other activity.
The conversation turned to philosophy and meditation proving that this talent was something that Butch placed over all others.

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Bill is Good at Arranging Flowers

Bill is good at flower arranging. As a child, he and his sisters used to fight enough that his mother decided to bring him along with her to her job at the flower store. There, he picked up plants and
followed her lead, crafting beautiful bouquets. 

When the owner of the flower shop began to lose her sight, Bill became the go-to assistant, learning about the rule of threes, color theory, and the symbolism behind some of the flowers. 

Even today he gardens in the space in front of DOM Care, excitedly planning what will go into the earth in their little space.

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Hazell is Good at Following Directions

Hazel began the interview with a long list of talents including every school subject possible, music, and performing. During our discussion it became clear that being an overachiever held more significance for those around Hazell, than for Hazell alone. 

Pushing oneself hard isn't for everyone but this 16 year old seems to have it down, for now.

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Jordan is Good at Voguing

Jordan is less descriptive with words and more so with his body. Voguing, his personal talent, using motion and juxtapositioning of
various limbs to express passion, fearlessness, and freedom.
His positioning while displaying his talent was reminiscent of Degas’ ballerinas, captured in a quiet moment of thought before bursting into physical activity.

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ShaQjuan is Good at Getting the Message Across

Preparing to move to New York City to start looking for acting jobs, his quiet enthusiasm is paired with a gentle and patient nature.
At first, he says he is good at being dramatic, but after talking for a while it is revealed that he is a focused performer that can summon the feelings of a person much older than himself to tell his
character’s story. He describes notes given from performing a monologue that substantiate his power of translating feeling and emotions to an audience.

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Shana is Good at Peer-support

She works with a case manager who has mentions more than once
that she is really good helping others and she should consider getting some training to assist others in her program.

“It’s as easy as just talking and hanging out with someone.” She says, relating that people just want to be heard.

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