We had the good fortune of connecting with Raven Kennerson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raven, is there something you believe many others might not?
I believe that women should use their platforms and that their voices should be heard. I do not believe that “women should be seen and not heard” or that we should keep our opinions to ourselves
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a manager for a non-profit, that focuses on helping underserved students in Houston. This is my passion, giving back to the community, and helping youth realize their full potential. I’ve dedicated my life to pouring confidence into youth. I’ve specifically put effort into pouring even more life into my students and interns who look like me. I took an interest in motivating young girls who struggled with their identity and building confidence. It’s not always easy but the end result is always worth it. To watch a young person come in extremely timid and watch them flourish into an adult is truly magical. What I would like for people to know is that our youth are always watching. They SEE us and they HEAR us. I find joy in having open dialogues with our youth and pushing them to their limits in order to reach their maximum potential. We must continue to listen to them, and not shut them down when we do not agree. We should try our best to leave a positive impression, always.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’re starting with drinks and heading to happy hour at Prospect on the patio & vibe out. I love the outdoors so I would more than likely take a trip to Hermann Park mainly because of the zoo. More thank likely, we’re going to go check out all of the murals and “artistic” side of town for a good photo op. But, if it’s only for the weekend? We’ll be in Midtown for a day of brunch and partying.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to acknowledge every student I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with side by side. Each one has kept me on my toes, taught me patience, as well as kindness. Our youth have a way of helping us see the world in a different light. Granted,we’ve all been teenagers before but, I think sometimes we forget just how simple life can be. I would also like to shoutout my coworker’s (yall know who yall are) who are constant motivators even on my worse day. They continuously remind me that we all can make a difference in someone’s life.