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Check Out Kendra Marsh ’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kendra Marsh.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was in foster care from thirteen ’til I’m twenty-one, but before I left foster care they asked me if I wanted to be a part of the Youth Advisory Board for Baltimore City. I started doing that for a few years, and then I became a part of the People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland.

I ended up becoming chairperson for the youth workgroup of the People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland, so that was how I was able to get started with youth justice.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
One of the struggles I have been dealing with is, trying to find sponsorship for my business proposal.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m an alumni/mentor for the Youth Advisory Board, for Baltimore City foster care youth. I’m Chair for the Youth Workgroup under, The People’s Commission To Decriminalize Maryland, I’m a Justice Ambassador for the Prison Fellowship, and I’m an Ambassador for the National After School Program in Maryland. I currently have a business proposal to open up safe havens and fix up vacant homes in Baltimore for youth.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I’m currently a Certified nursing assistant/Geriatric Assistant. I have college credits as well, to pursue becoming a Registered Nurse. Far as the crisis, I knew what was to come from CDC. The crisis have affected me mentally far as depression, but I have found alternatives when triggers come. I listen to music, do checkups on the youth I mentor, spiritual outlets far as virtual church, Mr. Jason, Ms. Tiana, and Shawnta Jackson have been a big support in my journey, and etc.

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