Johnathan McKenzie very recently joined Advocacy Unlimited's Join Rise Be team in New Britain, CT. Johnathan's early interest in neuropsychology, philosophy and socioeconomics stems from his personal journey through New York and Connecticut’s psychiatric inpatient and outpatients. Upon discovering some of the foundational flaws that lead to many of our society’s struggles, Johnathan began his pursuit of advocacy. Participating in civil protests, mental illness awareness and LGBTQ pride events lead to his discovery of Connecticut’s Statewide Consumer Advisory Board and subsequent application to become a Training Coordinator and Warmline operator for Join Rise Be. Johnathan, as president, founded the Danbury Youth & College Division in 2016. Since then, he has transferred to the Waterbury NAACP as the Community Coordinator. Johnathan has received CNA Training, and is a Certified Microsoft Technology Associate in Cyber Security, Server Administration and Networking. In his free time, Johnathan actively trains for a variety of competitive races, practices martial arts (Krav Maga/Wing Chun) as well as writes, creates and produces his own music. Johnathan anticipates that his participation in the Join Rise Be mission will couple with his desire for social reform and equal rights for all individuals; regardless of age, race, gender, sex, creed or challenge.
TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. We know what it’s like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. We’ve lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help.
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