Troy Wohosky started Spartan Boxing in 2012. He is a husband, father of two, coach, motivational speaker and professional boxer. Troy was born in the Philippines, moving to the US at 7yrs old. He was a promising fighter by age 9 but a few years later his life took a turn. He dropped out of school, became affiliated with gangs and ran into trouble with the law.
At the young age of 15 he and his girlfriend (now wife), Rheanna, conceived their first child. Troy wanted a better life for his son, Lokai. In order to be successful he had to leave his troubled life behind. He focused instead on boxing and soon became one of the country’s top boxers, ranked #3 in the nation. Troy has traveled all over the world competing, including a tour with Team USA Boxing. He has an impressive boxing record with 87 amateur wins, 20 by knockout, and 17 losses. His professional record is 2-1. Troy has a deep rooted desire to steer troubled youth in the right direction.
Reaching Our Troubled Youth: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Suppression
Our local Gang Prevention Task Force will have representatives from all backgrounds share real life stories, statistics and facts about troubled youth in Southern Oregon.
Nonprofits are on the front lines dealing with gang issues in the community, offering help and services to families and youth in need. The Task Force will help your organization learn more about the available networks that focus on troubled youth and recommend specific mobilization strategies for prevention, intervention and suppression.
A comprehensive survey shows 16 active gangs in our area, with 95% of members between the ages of 13 and 25. Parent involvement, employment, job training, school programs, mentoring, and recreation programs are all effective ways to reach troubled youth. “A repeated finding was that having a meaningful, trusted connection with at least one caring, competent adult was the core of resilience.” ~ Kenneth R. Ginsburg & Sara B. Kinsman
Gang prevention requires our communities work together to access and intervene for high risk youth who are vulnerable to recruitment. Successful prevention assures less work on intervention and suppression efforts – but all three approaches are actively needed.
Please join our expert panel members to learn what is being done and what you and your organization can do to help.
Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Joe Ferguson, Jackson County Juvenile Services Deputy Director
Mark Patterson, School Resource Police Officer
Matt Sweeney, Youth 71Five Ministries
Phil Ortega, Life Art & Eagle Point School District Student Services
Troy Wohosky, Spartan Boxing Gym