Takiia & Tyrik
Current Participants, Boston
Takiia has discovered two vitally important things in her short time at Jeremiah-Endicott in Boston: a supportive community and the motivation to change her life. “Before Jeremiah, I was working part time and my son wasn’t in daycare. I had no motivation to do anything,” she says. “Being in Jeremiah Program has allowed me to look at my life in a different perspective. It helped me realize I could be so much more, that I could become something and show my son that anything is possible.”
As a full-time student taking courses in business, writing and child development, Takiia knows well the challenge of balancing parenting and her college studies. When she feels overwhelmed, she knows she has the support of her coach, Sendy. “Sendy is one of the main reasons why I haven’t given up. And my son. I want to show him that no matter what, I can and will do it!” Jeremiah also has connected her with important resources, from a bus pass to diapers for her young son.
Empowerment training has helped Takiia immeasurably. “I take responsibility for my own actions and I’m able to speak up for myself,” she says. “I’ve learned that some people don’t need to be in my audience, that there were some people in my life that didn’t deserve to be in it.”
Her 2-year-old son, too, has blossomed. “When he started school, he wasn’t really an open kid. Now he knows how to spell his name. He can count to 20 in English and Spanish!”
Takiia now shares with other women her motto: Never give up. “It will be hard and situations will come up, but know that you can do it and you have a whole team of women at Jeremiah-Endicott to back you up. Believe in yourself.”