Before Aliyah Hammond got pregnant, she didn’t have a direction in life.
The 22-year-old Northeast Philadelphia resident had dropped out of high school in ninth grade and found herself couch-surfing in friends’ homes for most of her later teen years. But after she heard the news, she knew she had to get her life together.
Three years later, with her 3-year-old daughter McKenzie by her side, Hammond received the Strictly Business Inspiration Award from the JEVS Bridge to Employment program. The award is given to individuals who faced extraordinary adversity and worked hard toward their futures.
Learn more about Aliyah’s journey to finding a career path and her calling in this Northeast Times story by Logan Krum.