Magic of HangTime



Growing up somewhat as a winding youth, this left him searching for a straightforward path to a
brighter future. Born and raised on the west side of Bridgeport, CT Jermaine found himself in the throws
of street life and its mentality. At the ripe age of 21, he was arrested; later convicted of various charges
of gun trafficking, illegal transfer of firearms to name a few. It was in prison that Jermaine received his
epiphany. Incarcerated from 2011 to 2015, Jermaine committed to putting his life in the hands of Jesus
Christ, received an extroverted ability, the gift of speaking, and went on to also complete the
certification program of Manufacturing.
  Since that time, Jermaine has made his way home to continue his studies at Housatonic, where he has
completed the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies program. Receiving an internship through
excellent grades and participation, he's now employed in Milford, CT at Balding Precision and also
serving at his local church, Upon This Rock Ministries. No longer living in Bridgeport, his current
residence is New Haven, CT with his wife and 3 children, where he & his church family impact their
community with outreach services of all kind. A long standing Hang Time advocate, he quotes founder
and the Hang Time family, and agrees they “have put him in a position to win.” Even helping him to get
out of the community he once hurt, while showing him how to keep his hands in that same community
to make a difference. Jermaine has done many speaking engagements and his mission is to empower,
enlighten, and build faith in our youth, community, and all generations alike.

Bridgeport Location



Carlos was raised in New York Cities Spanish Harlem neighborhood where he attended St. Cecilia
School and was later accepted to Xavier High School in Manhattan. After his freshman year there, he
and his family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut where he was introduced to and became involved with
the city street life and violent drug culture. For several decades to follow, this is what mainly engulfed
his life. Carlos was released on parole in January 2010, by the end of 2013, he had graduated from
Housatonic Community college with an associate’s degree in Human Services received an award from
the school for his involvement in the field. He also had a paid internship through Public Allies CT working
inside Harding High School in Bridgeport and helping create a positive student space within the school.
In January of 2013 he was hired by then State Senator Andres Ayayla Jr. to be his legislative aide at the
Connecticut General Assembly and began to volunteer in the reentry community. He started
volunteering with Bridgeport’s Project Longevity, as a guest speaker to discuss change. That relationship
grew into becoming the Waterbury program manager for the Hang Time expansion into the city where
he helps facilitate the program and connect with the community along with his trauma based mini

Carlos is very passionate about giving back to his community and working with the vast reentry
population returning to Connecticut’s cities and towns every year. He is a married homeowner in
thestate of Connecticut and looking forward to where his career will take him!!

Bridgeport Location

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