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Elijah' Story


In 2010, I was looking for support and direction with my postsecondary education goals. I had previously been a student with Flushing YouthBuild and wanted to return to the YouthBuild model. Wanting to support fellow students and strengthen my professional skillset, I returned to YouthBuild Providence to serve as a VISTA in 2014. Through my service, I honed skills that eventually led to gaining employment as a full-time YouthBuild Providence staff member. I currently work as the Student Success Coordinator at YouthBuild Providence. My role includes case management, recruitment, and serving as the middle school coordinator for the New Beginning Academy initiative. My deep commitment and passion for the organization and the students I work with is driven by my own experiences as a student and national service member at YBP. When my year with AmeriCorps began to wrap up, the decision to move into a capacity building role was easy. As a graduate of YouthBuild Providence, I have received opportunities and benefits that have built my character. Serving has given me the opportunity to give back to a community that has done so much for me. My wide range of experiences at the program have resulted in tremendous professional and personal growth. I am also currently in the process of starting my own nonprofit, called “The Fatherhood Project,” whose mission is to provide single fathers the resources available to accumulate a wealth of knowledge that will lead them to become the model father for their children. With the support of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, I recently began taking classes in course management in preparation for my studies in Social Work. I am motivated, and I am inspired to go back to school because of the experiences I’ve had while at YouthBuild Providence. My goal is to complete my degree and to continue to empower young people like myself to reach their goals.