Catching Up With Edwin Castro, First MOVE Class
Edwin Castro, 2011 Goodwin College Human Services graduate and part of the first Men of Vision in Education (MOVE) graduating class, enrolled in school with the specific goal of working with and helping teenage boys. With a degree in hand, he is now living that dream.
Castro has been working as a case manager at the Village for Families and Children in Hartford for almost three years. Castro helps to support the Village’s mission of building a “community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children” by providing young fathers ages 15 and up with the parenting skills they need to build a healthy family environment.
Castro takes these young men under his wing during a five-year period, during which he watches the families learn and grow. “I’m doing what I want to do,” he stated.
In 2008, as an expectant father himself, Castro chose to enroll in school with very little support from his family. Being the first in his family to attend college, he needed extra support and encouragement.
“I needed a lot of extra help. All of the teachers at Goodwin have a common goal and that’s to see their students succeed no matter what,” Castro noted.
Being a part of the MOVE program helped Castro a great deal financially and his mentors made a lasting impression. One of his mentors worked at the Village, where Castro was offered an internship and later a full-time job, before he had even graduated from the program.
“My family understands now why it was so important to me to receive an education,” Castro commented.
Aaron Isaacs, Goodwin’s Director of Educational Opportunity Programs, provided a strong foundation for Castro to succeed.
“I always felt comfortable asking Aaron for help. He always listened to me about my struggles. I see myself in his shoes now. It’s come full circle,” Castro said.
Castro uses many of his own life experiences and the lessons he learned at Goodwin through his classes and mentors to be the best employee and individual he can be.
By: Hannah Stacy