30 Stories to Celebrate 30 Years of Service
Dena
Dena
Dena's Story
Dena is 13 years old, going into 8th grade this year, and has been participating in IHI's Innovative Futures program for 2 years. During the school year Dena actively participates in IHI's after school program. She says, "I enjoy the after school program because they help me do my homework and encourage me to turn it in. We also go on field trips. My favorite was when we went to the library and saw a puppet show." In the summer Dena participates in IHI's summer lunch and activities program. She likes that IHI offers activities during summer because "It helps me stay more active instead of staying at home and not doing anything." Emma, IHI's Family Resident Services Coordinator, helped Dena find her first summer job, connecting her with residents who needed their dogs walked during the day. Her first dog-walking job allowed Dena to save money so she could go school clothes shopping at the end of summer. Dena is looking forward to the upcoming school year, especially her science class. Dena states, "My favorite subject is science. I enjoy building rockets and dissecting animals. When I grow up I want to be a nurse and hope to work in labor and delivery."