Kendall has always looked to the sky. When his family was in Hope and a Home’s transitional housing program from 2002 to 2005, the shy pre-teen would always open up when he discussed his affinity for all things space-related. All would marvel at his detailed drawings of rockets, missiles and the solar system. The staff at Hope and a Home knew that Kendall’s passion for space could be used as a vehicle to be engaged throughout his academic career. After his family graduated the transitional housing program and moved into permanent housing, Hope and a Home stayed in touch with Kendall through its Work and Thrive youth program.
Work and Thrive is designed to help high-risk/high-potential students in our community develop and reach their full potential. Young people from ages 14 to 21 participate in intensive weekly tutoring, mentoring and life skills training during the school year, and a five week job skills training and placement workshop during the summer months. They also facilitate the development of resumes and interviewing skills, as well as deportment.
Kendall has been active with Work and Thrive throughout his high school career and graduated in June 2012 with a 3.3GPA. He has been accepted into pre-engineering program at a local university and the staff of Work and Thrive are assisting him with the preparation of financial aid paperwork. Through Work and Thrive, Kendall has also been hired for a summer position as a Crew Member for a community environmental organization.
Kendall’s ultimate goal is to be an aerospace engineer and with his support from his family, friends and Hope and a Home, that goal is on its way to becoming a reality.