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Rewilding: From Jail for Life to Journey of a Lifetime

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | June 24, 2015

Rewilding: From Jail for Life to Journey of a Lifetime

Photos courtesy of "Rewilding."

Adventurer and entrepreneur Jesse Spiegel has a grandiose dream. Jesse is working with filmmaker Doug Metzger and a Kickstarter campaign to start what they call Rewilding, a journey of transition. 

According to Mashable, the idea is this:  They are going to take a formally incarcerated young person who has never been out of the city, take this person across the country experiencing activities and places that they have never seen, and hopefully ease the process of transitioning back into society.

Their first test subject is Anthony DeJesus (left), a product of the foster care system, ex drug dealer, gang member and recently released inmate of the New York penal system.  They are picking him up on July 22 and heading out with a team to take part in rock climbing, backpacking, art classes, yoga and farming. 

The most important part along the way is the people that they will meet.  The idea is that when they get back to New York that they will have a community of people and organizations like Friends of Island Academy and Future Now/Bronx Community College that they pair Anthony with to help support him.  They plan to film this entire trip for a web series that would provide proof of theory.

If this project should work, they are hoping that this can become something that can continue to be done over and over. 

“As more participants complete the Rewilding program, we will link them together in the Rewilding Alumni Network where they will have the ability to assume leadership roles and support one another in the pursuit of their individual goals,” the Kickstarter Campaign says.

We say good luck and travel forward!


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