|Minorini Shepherds Troubled Youths Through Life and College
BY JOHN ROSENGREN
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Growing up in a working class family in suburban Chicago,
he started caddying in seventh grade to supplement his father’s
wages as a police officer. Neither of Minorini’s parents had gone
to college, and he didn’t think he would have the opportunity
either- until he learned about the Evans scholarship for caddies.
Two of the men for whom he caddied saw his potential and
wrote letters of recommendation, helping him land a full scholarship
to Northwestern University.
At Northwestern, Minorini had an opportunity to help others
the way he had been helped: He established a program in
which Evans scholars tutored students from BHGH. His senior
year he volunteered as a houseparent, living with eight teenage
boys, cooking for them, helping them with their homework and
driving them to school. Working as a counselor at a BHGH
camp in Canada that summer, he fished, canoed, rappelled and
camped with children who had never had such opportunities
before. He also met yet another man who would shape his life.