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By Roadtrip Nation

D'Andra King

Highlight

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born on the South Side of Chicago where my homelife was unstable—my mother was in an abusive relationship, we were in and out of shelters, and we often didn’t have light, gas, or heat.
I enjoyed all four years of high school but wasn’t able to graduate.
At age 18, one of my friends offered to help me out of the shelter and allowed me to live with her.
I couldn’t afford college, so I took jobs within the community to get to know people and gain experience in the workforce—some of my positions included cashier, tax preparer, and home health aide.
In 2015, I got the opportunity to enroll in the Jane Addams Resource Corporation Computer Numerical Control job training program.
When I completed the program, I got a full-time job as a machinist at S&C Electric.
Unfortunately, my mother got sick and I eventually felt burnt out as a machinist, so I pivoted into health care and became a home health care provider for my mother.
After finally being given good opportunities and paving a road for myself, it’s my goal to pay it forward and help others who might also be lacking opportunities and resources.

Education

GED
Vocational
Computer Numerical Control
Jane Addams Resource Corporation

Career

Home Health Care Provider

I provide health care within a patient's own home.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Technology
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Do your research. With the technology we have today, anyone can find positive resources. Utilize the organizations, libraries, churches, and schools in your neighborhood, city, and state.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're fat. You're poor. You're Black. You can't afford it."

Challenges I Overcame

Family Stress
School Drop Out

Interviewed By

Opp Youth Roadtrip