Kyle’s Story of Hope

Jul 13, 2015 | Uncategorized

If you ever need help, Kyle is definitely the right person to ask.

Kyle is always willing to lend a hand when needed and volunteers whenever possible. He can often be found holding doors open for people and having a polite and friendly presence in the community.

Kyle, 18, came to Hope because his behaviors were becoming worse. Since arriving, he has made great progress and has become a standout in the vocational program.

Kyle joined Jeni Sorrells’ classroom at the Capital Area Career Center (CACC) in the fall of 2014. There, youth are provided vocational and transition skills needed for their adult lives. With these skills, Kyle will be able to continue focusing on his future and achieving his goals.

“I just want to stay in the game, not give up, and be a better person,” said Kyle.

At CACC, Kyle has flourished, with his behaviors improving to the point where he mastered many new skills. He is described by staff as a leader, who is able to stay on task and can complete all steps of a project with no assistance.

“He has done a great job since joining my class,” said Sorrells. “He is a very efficient and hard-working young man.”

Besides working through Noll’s on-site vocational center, Kyle works for 5 flavors, a local catering company where he cleans and does custodial work. His dedication and friendly attitude are great assets to have in the working world.

“If I can, I want to go to college one day,” said Kyle. “I have a dream of playing for the NBA. I watch a lot of it on TV and I have learned how to play.”

The skills and traits he has shown so far are no doubt going to provide him with the building blocks of a promising future.

Kyle has done tremendously during his time at Hope and CACC, and his hope is to continue succeeding until he ages out of the programs. His goals are set, and there seems to be nothing stopping him!

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