Four Stories, Four Paths: Meet Kenny
By Kenneth Huertas, Make Your Job Participant February 11, 2016 04:30 PM
The Citi Foundation “Pathways to Progress Impact Video Series” demonstrates the impact of its U.S. program through the compelling stories of four young people who have participated in the initiative’s four core program paths: civic engagement, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and summertime employment.
I’ve never had a shortage of ideas.
When I see a problem, I immediately start thinking of ways to address it. A successful business might start with a great idea, but without the right business plan and guidance a great idea might never be more than just that.
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) gave me the training I needed to bring my ideas to life while providing a much-needed service to my California community: A Touch of Eco, a mobile app connecting service providers to people in the market for an environmentally friendly car wash.
What you don’t get to see in my video: Boxing taught me discipline, how to stay focused, and how to push myself. One of the coolest parts of the NFTE program was the parallel between boxing and building a business.
When I’m in the boxing ring, I need to be able to think on my feet, recognize opportunity, and assess and take calculated risks. The coaching and courses at NFTE helped me hone these critical skills and apply them to the workplace.
Pathways to Progress is the Citi Foundation’s approach to providing youth with the career readiness tools and opportunities needed to thrive in the 21st century economy. In 2014, as part of our Pathways to Progress approach, the Citi Foundation made a three-year, $50 million commitment to boost the career readiness of 100,000 low-income youth in 10 cities across the United States.