Kimoni DePass is the sort of girl who likes to keep busy. As a third year Project Life graduate, she’s learned a lot about the work world. She valued learning what it takes to have a job, both applying for one and interviewing. The guest speakers from all walks of life exposed her to different careers and taught her not to judge people but rather get to know them first.
A high school junior, Kimoni is thinking about pursuing a liberal arts education in college and says that her jobs over the past three summers helped shape her interests. Although she loved working at Mountainside Hospital’s Maternal Fetal Ward, she realized that a career in healthcare is not for her. The next summer, working at Montclair Municipal Court, she saw firsthand how laws affect citizens, solidifying what she’s learned in school as a member of the Debate Team and the Civics & Government Institute. This past summer, she had a job at the Montclair Public Library and liked it so much that she is working there during the school year. That’s how she found out that she likes to work with kids.
Although Kimoni could’ve spent her summers relaxing, she said, “I liked having structure and keeping busy. Having to go to bed at a decent hour made the transition back to school that much easier.”
MNDC values Kimoni’s willingness to volunteer whenever they have a need. She sees it as a way to pay them back for the wonderful experiences she’s had and credits MNDC for being a supportive team of individuals who are always willing to give one-on-one time to make sure “their kids” are doing well.