“ I feel like my life stops when I leave the shop on Friday afternoons, but I can breathe again when I walk back in the door on Monday morning. Wood proves to me that life may be hard but care can shape it into something beautiful and useful”. -Tyrell “Pop” Brockington
Pop has been with Kids Making It for 13 years. He grew up in public housing and was in his first KMI class when he was 14 years old. As Pop has always had a passion for helping other kids, KMI hired him at age 16 as our Youth Apprentice to help teach our classes. When he graduated from high school, he began working with us as our Custom Work Supervisor, making sales, helping to teach classes, and traveling to make presentations about the program.Now 27 years old, Pop has long since moved out of public housing, has his own apartment and car and supports himself. Due to his success, the other kids all want to ‘be like Pop’. He is a true peer role model for our youth!
“KMI is important to me because it gives me a place where I can socialize with my peers and feel welcome”. -Tevin
Tevin, whose life goal is to become an architect, decided he would try to take all honors courses at New Hanover High School to improve his chances at college. We partnered him with an architect as a mentor, and helped him through the maze of the application process. Tevin was accepted to attend A&T University, & began college in August 2010! When Tevin is home between semesters, he works at KMI in our Apprenticeship Program, and helps to teach our younger youth as well.
“What I think about Kids Making It is ever since I came down here I have been successful in life instead of doing nothing.” -Bart
Bart started with KMI when he was 9 years old. He built a go-cart in his first class and a scooter the next time. Bart is now in our power tools entrepreneurial and vocational program. He graduated from high school in June 2009. A true representative of the Kids Making It spirit, he became a member of our Apprenticeship Team, and later transitioned into work in the private sector.
“Woodworking is complicated at first but it gets better once you get the hang of it. Kids Making It is a good training process; it’s great because I get to make money from the stuff I make!” -Paul
Paul was taken under the wing of Preston, one of our volunteers, a retired cabinet maker, who worked with him in the shop on a number of great projects. After graduation, Paul became a member of our Apprenticeship Team.