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Kennetha Brown (YouthBuild)

Being 17 and relatively on your own is never an easy situation. You probably feel like the world is stacked against you. Angry and lashing out against everyone would be the easy fall back, but Kennetha Brown wasn’t going to let that happen. She didn’t let it happen.

KB found work in her neighborhood. She took the construction skills she learned in Alachua YouthBuild and turned them into an opportunity to work for the Gainesville Housing Authority. Gail Monahan, the Director of the GHA (at the time), gave KB a shot, and almost 2 years later KB is still working for Gainesville Housing Authority as a member of the facilities maintenance team.

KB has excelled in her position, while developing her employability skills and work history. She understands the importance of hard work and dedication and the effect it has on her life and everyone around her. She is not satisfied with just waiting for the next opportunity. KB is constantly looking to better her career by learning all she can from her current employment, and keeping her eyes and ears open for better career opportunities.