Changing Your Legacy, Feat. John Turnipseed

A first for our podcast, we’ll hear the incredible story of how John Turnipseed, a former pimp, drug dealer and gang leader of the most notorious gang in Minnesota was transformed into a community leader, pastor, speaker and agent for change.

John unpacks how childhood abuse and normalized gang culture shaped him into a hugely notorious gang leader, and shares what he believes to be the number one indicator if someone will end up in a life of pimping, gangs, or prostitution and the “greatest issue facing the world today.”

John also serves as Director of The Center for Fathering and Vice President of Urban Ventures, a 21-year-old non-profit set in the heart of the same Minneapolis gang territory that John and his family terrorized and acting President of MADDADS (Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder)

To learn more about the important work he is doing visit his website at: https://johnturnipseed.com/

Building Your Network, Feat. Kara Doan

Today’s episode highlights the importance of building a network of advocacy as an intrinsic part of restorative justice.

To answer this we asked Kara Doan, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer of Restoration 61 – an organization that provides trafficked victims emergency housing and support – her views on why these partnerships is vital to supporting and reaching victims and how to best begin building them.

Finding Your Calling, Feat. Adri Neitzke

Today we chat with Adri Neitzke, Founder of Trafficking Justice and now Law Enforcement Officer in Nevada.

Adri tells us the story of how her experiences with trafficking abroad became the origins for Minnesota nonprofit Trafficking Justice.

She also shares about her remarkable journey of discovering her calling in the field of anti-trafficking and encourages those trying to find their own that it is a non-linear process and may involve pursuing opportunities, taking risks, and trying on different hats, but the result – she assures is worth it.

Resiliency in the New Year, Feat. James Puckett

To kick off the New Year we invite James Puckett (LPC, NCC, CSAC, MAC), whose counseling expertise lies in in several areas ranging from trauma and stress-related disorders, addiction, human trafficking , domestic violence, suicide and self harm.

James is also a professor of Psychology at UW-LaCrosse, his approach with students is to help apply what they learn in the classroom to their future career. Much of this he attributes from working in the field with at-risk individuals, to see more than a label and responding with empathy.

He also shares his recommendations for “banking up resiliency,” in the face of hard situations, sharing about personal tragedy he experienced this past year and how it re-shaped him.