Today, I have my own home, my family is happy and I am becoming more stable every day. I have help, but I also have more than that. I have support and someone to encourage me along the way, guiding me and giving me the advice I need to stay independent and self-sufficient.
I think the enthusiasm of the youths and their coaches has been very unique, it allows us to help groom them for our company or even a further career elsewhere.
At first I knew that I wasn’t going to lose anything by enrolling in the program, but I didn’t have an idea on how much I was going to earn at the end.
Tori's life has been turbulence since a young age, but through Eckerd Kids | Project Bridge, she has received a second chance to complete her GED and setting the course toward a career field in culinary arts.
“Forward March not only helped me to be more myself, it helped me to be a better employee.”
Paxen Community Connections Brevard in Circuit 18 is excited to share the graduation of youth Tyler Croom. Tyler has successfully transitioned back into a traditional high school, which was a major goal for this young man. In addition, Tyler tried out for, and was selected to be a part of his football team.
Tina Rosette and her children moved to Florida in March 2016 and fell on hard times after not being able to find stable housing due to financial constraints. Tina and her family stayed in several shelters, hotels and campgrounds. Eckerd Kids Housing Case Manager and Family Coach, Briauna Hagins, was able to offer much needed support to the Rosettes.
Terosha Johnson will tell you she lacked social skills. She ran with “Hood” kids. She did not like interacting with people, which makes going to college and maintaining a job far from reality. All this changed when she enrolled in Paxen, a program of Eckerd Kids at the beginning of the summer.
Can you imagine being 23 years old and homeless? That was the reality for Jasmine, a participant in Paxen, a program of Eckerd Kids. When Jasmine first came into program she felt overwhelmed. She had limited work experience, interpersonal skills, job knowledge, as well as other financial knowledge and life skills.
Taylor was 19 years old, and his goal was to finish high school. However, when he went to register with the local school system, he found out that the credits he needed to earn for a high school diploma would take too long, and they suggested instead that he try for his GED. He was then told about Paxen, a program of Eckerd Kids.