When Andrew was referred to ODC, he was 14 years old. His drive to work was obvious, but he soon learned that there would have to be work on his part to reach that goal.
Andrew jumped right in when offered a temporary work experience at The Sports Den. His employer was so impressed with his growth during that trial period that Andrew was hired to work during the summer before his freshman year of high school began. During that time, he learned to repair bikes… and sell them!
Andrew’s first sale was to a young couple that had visited the store just to gather information and pricing… and they left with two very high-end bikes! The way they described it, his “sales pitch” was so knowledgeable that they couldn’t say “no”.
Andrew continues his work along with his schooling, and no longer needs ODC job coaching to support him. Working has matured him in ways that have made him a better student and a better person.
Congratulations, Andrew, on your nomination for ODC’s 2016 Personal Achievement Award!