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Episode 10: The Hope Factor with Aje Hill of I Believe In Me

Frederick Factor December 15, 2021 645 1

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Show Summary:

We’re sure this conversation with Aje Hill will leave you as inspired and as it left us. He shares his story of going from a “dope dealer” in his youth to becoming a “hope dealer” today. After going to prison at a young age, Aje had a wake-up moment where he decided that he believed in himself. Since then, he has committed himself to serving the community, helping at-risk youth through his nonprofit, I Believe In Me, Inc. He continues to serve “hope” everywhere he goes — including this episode!

Show Notes / Highlights from the Show:
  • Aje’s story of going to prison at a young age and ending up lonely, hopeless, and full of pain
  • The pivotal moment when Aje had to decide whether or not he believed in himself and would find a way to change
  • The closed (and locked) doors in the community Aje faced after getting out of prison
  • The inspiration behind starting his non-profit organization, I Believe In Me, Inc. 
  • Why it is so important for communities to provide safe spaces and healthy role models for at-risk youth 
  • The story behind “Hope Boxes,” the mobile food distribution program providing food to Frederick families in need
  • Aje’s dedication to his mother, who was there for him through all the challenges
  • The “self-inventory” practice that allows Aje to step into leadership each day
  • Aje’s Frederick Factor
Guest Bio:

Aje Hill is the Executive Director and Founder of the nonprofit, I Believe in Me Inc, based in Frederick County. Their mission is to reach at-risk youth and inspire and challenge them through programs that foster self-respect and respect for the world around them. Along with other leaders, Aje started a mobile food distribution program, Hope Boxes, which has delivered 4.1 million meals into the Frederick community and provided food to over 125,000 families. Aje strives to deter today’s youth from making the mistakes he made and prevent them from facing the same situations and consequences that he once faced.

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Frederick Factor – The Hope Factor

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