Success Stories

Meet Taylor

Taylor Jones

“I don’t know what direction I might be going if it weren’t for YouthWorks. It has made the difference between a job and a career for me,” Taylor Jones said. 

Meet Eric

Meet Eric

In 2010 Eric became disengaged with traditional school where he said there just wasn’t enough help or support to keep him focused on academics. He heard about YO Baltimore from a family member and didn’t waste any time between leaving his high school and enrolling as a member of the Eastside YO Center.

Meet Shamia

Shamia Boone

“I am the first in my family to graduate from college. My fourteen siblings root me on and I want to be a strong role model for the younger kids in my family,” Shamia Boone said.

Meet Alexis

Alexis

In 2012 a good friend recommended Alexis to the Eastside Youth Opportunity Center (YO Baltimore) for assistance in obtaining a GED. “When I first went there I was very standoffish, like I didn’t want to be there,” Alexis said. After she met with staff at the center, she became more comfortable and was able to get serious about accomplishing her goals. “YO is really like a family,” she said.

Meet Eric

Eric Kelly

Five years ago, Eric did whatever he wanted to do – he was not bound by any rules. “I was doing stuff I wasn’t supposed to be doing but I thought it was cool.    

Meet Devin

Devin Smallwood

“I was referred to HEBCAC in 2010 so I could study for the GED. I kept getting sidetracked and it took me until 2017 to finally earn my high school diploma,” Devin Smallwood said.

 

Meet Donte

Donte Brown

Donte was not able to complete high school at Coppin Academy as he had planned. “It wasn’t a good environment for me to learn in,” Donte Brown said. 

Meet Angel

Angel Barrios

“I was in the tenth grade at Western High School and due to some family problems, I couldn’t continue there. I ended up in a community placement from 2004 to 2010,” Angel Barrios shared. Angel began attending a local GED class but did not complete the program. She was mostly hanging out with friends, who were drinking and leading a negative lifestyle. Angel knew she wanted more out of life than that and really wanted to pursue her goal of being a nurse.

Meet Kendra

Kendra

While trying to keep up with school and a part-time job, Kendra was also about to age out of foster care.  She had lived at the Board of Child Care for 10 years and moved into an Independent Living program that provides support services to youth ages 14 to 21, designed to transition youth from foster care to self-sufficiency.  Between school loans and apartment needs, Kendra was struggling to make ends meet.

Meet Khadija

Khadija

“Even at the slightest bump in the road, I get nervous. And that gets me motivated,” Khadija Murray said.

In 2010 Khadija gave birth to her daughter – the year before she was supposed to graduate high school. This may have been a deterrent for some students but Khadija thought, “I had a pet peeve about being a statistic when I was pregnant. I didn’t want to be a statistic, so I had to finish school.”

 

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