The Hope Matrix


In this episode, podcast host Kathryn Goetzke engages in an inspiring conversation with Bradly Johnson, the Chief Community Officer at Build Inc. They discuss Bradly’s personal journey from overcoming bullying and suppressing emotions to becoming a teacher and community leader. Bradly shares insights on self-awareness, empathy, and maintaining a hopeful mindset. He also discusses his vision for empowering young people through his “shine hope” program.


This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in personal growth, youth empowerment, and community leadership. Bradly’s story is a testament to the power of resilience and the importance of providing support and hope to others. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, community leader, or simply someone looking for inspiration, you’ll find valuable lessons and motivation in Bradly’s story. Don’t miss out on this powerful conversation!


Find out more about Bradley Johnson and Build Inc.:


BUILD, Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development, is a nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organization based on Chicago’s West Side. Since 1969, they have worked to save lives and mentor young people who live in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods.


Their mission is to inspire hope and offer opportunities so youth facing systemic obstacles can achieve positive futures.


Their services reach over 2,500 youth a year helping them build hope, resilience, and a path to a promising future. 


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