I was only a teenager when I became inspired by an inner-city missionary to help those in my community.
In 2006, I realized there were no programs in the area to help teenagers, so I started a program through the Moore Activity Center. This group meets on Thursday evenings during the school year. Listening to some of the issues and tragedies of some of the kids in the program, I realized I was not equipped to meet their needs.
I went back to college in the evenings and obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Addictions. My internship was done at the Moore Activity Center and the Henry Hosea House.
I have also volunteered as a CASA worker for Boone County (2009) and as a mentor with the Diocesan Childrens Home.
I am currently a mentor at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School through Covington Partners, a mentoring program that pairs students in the Covington Independent School Distict with a mentor. Previously, I was mentoring at Ninth District Elementary School for 3 years.
I continue to give back to the community I was born and raised in throughout the week. I believe the kids in the community can be anything they want to be, if they put their heart and mind into it.
Venita L Rankins