The Chai Five! Project is ready to put a Face behind the Five. As we’ve told you, the $1800 we are trying to raise is to put a recovering resident through school for a year. We don’t know of a more deserving resident than BTS Communications’ very own Julian ‘Gonzo’ Ellis.
Julian was exposed to drugs at the early age of twelve, dropped out of school at fourteen, and has been in and out of rehab for quite some time. Now, eight years later, he is ready to go to back to school and pursue a degree in graphic and web design. Though he is “excited, optimistic, anxious, nervous and motivated” all at once about attending school, he is also finally up for the challenge.
As our newest intern at BTS Communications, Julian is “excited to get up early in the morning, create positive goals for [him]self, and have meaningful interactions in the workplace.” He has already proven quite adept in the field even without any official training. Everything he knows he learned from his mother, a professional graphic designer, who began teaching Julian two years ago to help with layouts, labels, and brochures. Since joining BTS, he has tackled an impressive volume of projects with dexterity and enthusiasm, making his mother very proud.
In going to school, Julian hopes to hone and refine his design talent and education—and perhaps pick up a thing or two about business. His hopes for his future include owning a design firm catering to small & family businesses and creating an urban clothing label with styles inspired by his love for graffiti and street art. A likely name for this operation? Gonzo Designs.
So look out for him—if you donate to Chai Five!, you will have a claim in saying you helped set him on what will surely have been a creative, imaginative, and transformative journey.