Kendra Cox and her two year-old son Brayden took big steps toward independence by recently moving into the Family Scholar House on Cane Run Road in Louisville.
Kendra’s accomplishments include becoming the first graduate of the district’s TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP) to qualify and be accepted after earning a Hardship Graduation Request from Riverview Opportunity Center in December 2017. She completed all of her senior requirements, is Career Ready in childcare, employed at UPS, and intends to enroll in the Galen College of Nursing.
The Family Scholar House apartment features a spacious living area, kitchen area, small dining room, ample closet space and separate bedrooms and bathrooms for Kendra and her son. The program will also subsidize tuition for college as long as she is enrolled full time.
Along with living arrangements and tuition, Kendra will be provided a mentor to assist her and childcare.
TAPP Daycare Director Lisa Pack, Childcare Teachers Kari Fiddler and Tammy Stephens, Social Worker Linda Nason, School Nurse Kim Willoughby, Home Hospital Coordinator/Teacher Emily Hurst-Jones and Riverview Secretary Arlanna Hobbs visited the apartment April 9th with a variety of housewarming items including pots and pans, towels and toys for Brayden who has his own room and a set of bunk beds.
After looking through the housewarming gifts, Kendra tearfully hugged everyone.
“I appreciate this so much,” she smiled.
Nason said Kendra has overcome many obstacles and deserves this opportunity
“She is nervous, but also very excited to be moving out on her own,” Nason said. “We want her to know she is not alone and we are here to continue to support her in her dream of getting a college degree.”
Kendra proudly showed guests around as Brayden followed.
“I love this apartment and feel like it is already home,” she said.
Nason said TAPP is working with the Family Scholar House to encourage more students to, “step out of their comfort zones and take advantage of this great opportunity.”
Family Scholar House Chief Possibility Officer and CEO Cathy Dykstra send Kendra fits the program’s mission.
“We want to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency,” she said.