Joe was introduced to us through the Youth Advancement Academy's Working for Wellness Program. Joe interviewed and was accepted to work with us as an Apprentice for summer 2016. His employability skills improved significantly throughout his time with us and we are grateful for his contributions over the summer. His story is shared below through journal entries approved to share.
What brought you to Open Roads?
"Miss Maria at Youth Advancement Academy helped me find this. She helped me through a lot of stuff and has been there for me. Her and my foster dad too. They have helped me make it to where I am today. Living in a group home is hard but it helped me stay on track and having these people in my life has been helpful."
What are some things you have learned in your Apprenticeship?
"More about bikes, improved some social skills, became more open minded, worked with a team better, and how to be more confident."
What kinds of problems do you want to help solve?
"Poverty, racism, and foster youths."
What have you enjoyed about working at Open Roads?
"Working with the kids in the Earn-a-Bike camps has been fun. I got to help teach them how to do things on their bikes. I also feel like it helped me become more sociable. I love it here."