Humans of Parkland
“Where I come from, back in Joliet, I had a pretty messed up life. That’s why [my family] moved down here two years ago, to try and change. So, we came down here and I really got into woodshop. I liked it, and decided to give it a go.
I don’t usually like to tell people my life story, but my family was related in some gang activity, and after we left, our house was boarded up and everything. I think it’s boring down here, but it’s definitely safer, so I’ll take it.
I’m at Parkland for construction, specifically carpentry.
In my high school they had a summer program I did that taught me a lot about building houses. It was a lot of fun, I saw that I could make good money, and decided to go for it.
Woodworking makes me feel like I’m helping out, because in the program that we did, we were working for Habitat for Humanity, building houses for people. It felt really good, because I was helping people and at the same time doing something I enjoy.