Matt Taufetee, 2015 Forgiveness Hero, introduced by by Aunty Fay Uyeda, past Forgiveness Heroine and head of Communities in Schools.
Matt Taufetee is a former gang leader and state prison inmate; now, though a transformative process of forgiveness, he is a respected teacher and community leader, helping others to find their purpose.
As a member of Word of Life, Taufetee has helped about 200 former prisoners recover from addiction, obtain employment, and transition back into society since he formed First LAP (Life After Prison) in 2002. He also manages a transition house for parolees at his father's church, Pacific Islanders United Methodist Church in Palolo; and leads Alcoholics Anonymous programs at two prisons.
One if his mentors, Aunty Fay Uyeda, introduces Matt and other members of First LAP. She is the founder of the highly-respected local youth community group, Communities in Schools.