February HOPE Hero
Kimberly - HOPE Primary Prevention Advocate
About Kimberly: Kimberly was originally born in the Cayman Islands and was raised here in Bradenton. She attended Bayshore High School and then pursued her BA in Social Work and Psychology at the University of South Florida. Kim is currently the Prevention Advocate at HOPE working with young people. Her favorite color is blue, all of the different shades of blue, and her hobbies include shopping, being outside, and watching movies.
What is your most memorable accomplishment here at HOPE?
The most memorable accomplishment here at HOPE is being able to change the lives of the youth in our community. I love making a big positive impact on our youth and getting the opportunity to speak to the students in the schools. It makes me feel good when the students recognize me in the hallways. With the uncertainty of COVID, it was a memorable accomplishment to help bring fun and smiles to the children we serve by organizing socially distanced events, Halloween and Winter Wonderland.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I am involved with HOPE to help lead and guide young people in the awareness of Teen Dating Violence. I help teach the fundamentals of what having a healthy and unhealthy relationship should consist of to teens and young adults. I hope we will see fewer victims of domestic violence in the future, thanks to what they learn today.
What motivates you to work with this organization?
I am motivated by learning new things, activities, and ideas that can help me to teach our youth. This organization allows me to push myself through challenges, obstacles, and tests that make me the best version of myself.
Describe yourself using only film titles.
Jumanji – I am adventurous, ready to take on new things, and continue to work on my imperfections. Trolls – I want to save the world and make everything glitter again in people’s lives by encouraging them.
What would your pets say about you if we asked for a reference?
My pets would say that I am compassionate about everything I do and my presence shines like the sun.
Is there something that excited you so much it keeps you awake the night before?
Planning for a trip, project or event excites me and definitely has me up wondering: “Is it time yet?”
What’s your pizza order?
“May I order a pan cheese pizza with all pepperoni, all bacon and half sausage (or beef, depending on my mood) with butter garlic crust. Thanks!”
We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our mission!