JEVS Strictly Business 2015 Inspiration Award Winner
Anthony Steckley is a two-time graduate of JEVS’ programs, completing both Project WOW and the Plumbing and Heating program at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College. Project WOW offers both GED preparation and property maintenance training to out-of-school youth ages 18 to 24.
Anthony was raised by his Great Aunt Floss, who cared for him when his biological mother abandoned him at birth. Anthony dropped out of school in the 8th grade and found himself working odd jobs without a clear direction—and without a degree.
When his friends began to graduate from high school, he knew it was time for a change and enrolled in Project WOW. In just four months, he completed his GED, graduated at the top of his class and found he had a new zest for learning, enrolling in the six-month adult program at Orleans Tech. Now employed at Lofts 640, Anthony is excited for his future, armed with the credentials he needs to succeed. Project WOW is funded by the Philadelphia Youth Network, the JEVS Foundation and generous individual donors.
The JEVS Inspiration Award recognizes and honors a successful JEVS program participant who has found the strength to overcome the barriers that blocked his/her pathway to self-sufficiency. This individual serves as an inspiration to staff, clients and peers alike.
— Anthony Steckly, Orleans Tech Graduate, Class of 20xx