West End Neighborhood House

Tae'Janna's Story

Tae’Janna Tinsley, who just turned 18, is a perfect example of a West End success story. When she first entered the GED program in September 2017, Tae’Janna was a foster care youth with a newborn son. She dropped out of high school while she was pregnant, because she felt she was unable to balance school, finances, and her home life. As a young mother, Tae’Janna struggled to find the time or resources to continue her education. She was unemployed at the time, and she wanted to be able to take care of her son, while also setting goals for her own future. It seemed overwhelming, and Tae’Janna wasn’t sure where to begin.

Tae’Janna heard about West End Neighborhood House through her independent living worker, and chose the location because it was close to home. She entered the GED program with ambitious goals, determined to obtain the credential and sustainable employment before she turned 18 in December. Her entry assessment scores confirmed her ability, but it was her positive attitude and strong motivation that led to her achieving these goals.

While in the program, Tae’Janna took advantage of the opportunity to set her own pace. She frequently came to school early, studied through her breaks, and stayed late. She appreciated that her instructors were supportive and helpful, encouraging her to stay motivated. While studying for the GED at West End, Tae’Janna passed her exam to become a certified Customer Service representative with the National Retail Federation. She succeeded at her pacing goal and earned her GED in December of 2017, only three months after enrolling in the program.

In addition to these credentials, Tae’Janna began an internship with the Delaware Prevention Coalition. Due to her impressive work ethic, this internship has been extended. Tae’Janna loves this employment experience, expressing that she always thought of employment as “just a way to pay the bills,” but that now she can see herself in a fulfilling career where she can put her skills to good use for the benefit of others.

While Tae’Janna’s time in the Education & Employment Department’s training programs has ended, she has a bright future ahead of her. She continues to care for her son, and looks forward to moving into her own apartment and attending college. When asked about her experience in the program, Tae’Janna replied that “I hope to continue on my path to success and I am so grateful to West End for helping me get my life back together.”

 
Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

West End is currently accepting applications for the positions of Community Prevention Coordinator, Business Outreach Specialist and  Financial Coach. You are also welcome to fill out and submit an employment application.  Completed employment applications should be submitted to applywestend@westendnh.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

No matter what your age or interests are, West End has the right volunteer opportunity for you. We welcome any time commitment you can make to our organization and its customers. Below is a list of volunteer positions we are consistently filling. If your ideal opportunity is not listed, get creative and contact us with an idea of how you would like to help, or fill out an online volunteer application. (If possible, please use a browser other than Internet Explorer when submitting a volunteer application.)

For more information about volunteering at West End, email: wdavis@westendnh.org