KEEN Utility’s Project Build program was created to deliver on one unwavering promise: to never stop supporting nonprofits that put good to work by teaching hard skills and teamwork, helping to rebuild communities, and supporting the young men and women entering the trades.
To that end, KEEN Utility partners with Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), an organization whose core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow and experience success. That hard work requires hard working boots, so KEEN Utility donated work boots to each kid in the program. That’s when we met Koby.
In a lot of ways Koby is just like any other 15 year old—he likes to shoot hoops, hang out with friends and have fun. But Koby is different. He’s driven. He works hard. He spends his time tutoring his friends, volunteering and helping inspire others. And he attributes a lot of his outlook on life to the experience he had at NYC. After working two summers in his brand new boots, he feels that no challenge is too big. Not even the one he has recently set for himself: to one day become a biomedical engineer.