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JTHS Alumni Spotlight: Marissa Draper

Marissa Draper, a graduate of Joliet West High School, is the executive director of the Prisoner Release Ministry in Joliet.
Marissa Draper, a graduate of Joliet West High School, is the executive director of the Prisoner Release Ministry in Joliet.

Marissa Draper is a graduate of Joliet West High School who now works as the executive director of the Prisoner Release Ministry in Joliet.

Draper dedicates her career to transforming the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals, empowering them to find employment and contribute positively to society.

She went to Troy schools before attending Joliet West High School and graduating in May 2009. As a high school student, Draper participated in track and field (indoor/outdoor) during her freshman year and enjoyed playing on the girls varsity basketball team for all four years.

Draper received a full-ride basketball scholarship from the University of St. Francis in Joliet for four years and the Freshman of the Year Award for her excellence on the USF women’s basketball team. She also received the Franciscan Fellows Scholarship and another award from the University of St. Francis for making the dean’s list while in college.

She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of St. Francis. 

These experiences helped prepare Draper for her current career. Prisoner Release Ministry Inc. works to help men and women who are getting out of prison to find jobs so that they can once again be a productive part of society.

As an executive director, Draper juggles various responsibilities, including overseeing daily operations and fundraising to help clients secure employment in the Will County area. 

Draper received an honorary plaque from the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center, a part of the Illinois Department of Corrections, for helping all the female residents secure employment.

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