Club Alumni Bowen Fear - Living Drug Free

As with many teens, drugs threatened to become a problem for Club Alumni, Bowen Fear. Luckily, the Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles staff helped steer him in the right direction. Bowen attributed part of his turnaround to former Club staff, Matt Crow. He described Matt as, “kind of my mentor. He always gave me good advice and he was always someone I could talk to if I had problems. He was a good coach and a good influence.”

Bowen now works as an early childhood educator with Head Start, as well as teaches Ojibwe language and culture. He and his wife of six years, Rena, are raising seven kids. Bowen has proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve over the last five years. His willingness to serve is apparent in all aspects of his life, including his work, his kids, and even his Club basketball team in the men’s league.

Bowen expresses that his life would not be the same without the Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles. “(Without the Club) I probably wouldn’t have graduated from high school. I probably would have dropped out and then later gotten my GED instead of my high school diploma. I most likely would not have joined the military.” He leaves current Club members with this message: “Stay on the good path. No matter how hard life gets, remember that you always have the Boys & Girls Club.”