West End Neighborhood House

Tae’Janna's Story

Tae’Janna Tinsley first entered West End’s GED program in September 2017. A former foster care youth with a newborn son, Tae’Janna dropped out of high school while she was pregnant, because she felt unable to balance school, finances, and her home life. As a young mother, she struggled to find the time or resources to continue her education. Unemployed at the time, Tae’Janna wanted to take care of her son, while also setting goals for her own future. It seemed overwhelming, and she wasn’t sure where to begin.

Tae’Janna heard about West End Neighborhood House through her independent living worker, and chose the GED program because it was close to home. She began with ambitious goals, determined to obtain a nationally recognized credential in Customer Service 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 achieve 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 in earning 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 is loving her internship, despite having always thought of employment as “just a way to pay the bills.” Now she can see herself in a fulfilling career, using her skills to help others.

As she continues to care for her son, Tae’Janna looks forward to moving into her own apartment and attending college. When asked about her experience in the program, Tae’Janna replied “I hope to continue on my path to success and 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 Agricultural Education Specialist and Assistant Track 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