“If it wasn’t for this program, I wouldn’t be here right now,” says Keandre Davis.
Kenadre Davis is a Davidson High School senior, who, at 16, says he was going nowhere.
“One day a teacher told me, I was walking down the hall. I had a crazy hairstyle, and he said ‘you will never be nothing in society’,” says Davis.
Because of that one statement, Davis stopped doing schoolwork, stopped caring about who he was or what he looked like. Until he was invited to one of the programs offered by Success 4 The Future. He says he has Reggie Hill to thank.
“He put me in different positions that I’d never been in before cause nobody believed in me enough to get to that position,” says Davis.
Reggie Hill is the founder and Executive Director for Success 4 The future, a local nonprofit organization that helps youth from age three to 18.
“We work to ensure young people steer clear of delinquency, social dependency and incarceration,” says Hill.
He uses behavior intervention and character development programs. Teaching Kindergartners how to transition to elementary and middle school, teaching middle schoolers to give back to the community, and teaching high schoolers entrepreneurship. Even teaching chivalry to young men.
“If they have sisters or friends that are young ladies, we give them the insight to know exactly what it is they need to do with their conversations, how to approach the young ladies, how to be respectful. And then we give them the insight that you would want them to feel that same reverence that you have for your mother,” says Hill.
Hill’s office at the Fuse Factory on Government and Conception Street is covered with inspirational quotes, and even pictures of himself when he was younger—to remind him what it was like being their age. The inspiration for Success 4 The future came from his experience at Murphy High School.
“So many dignitaries were always at our school. Whether it was to speak to students, give influence on how we should be as adults, to prepare us for the workforce,” says Hill.
Now Hill is making sure the next generation of Mobilians is headed in the right direction.
“We’re hoping that this can be a seed planted for our citizens to say hey, there’s something out there for our kids to get engaged with,” says Hill.
And Keandre Davis wants to go to college for business and help Hill in more outreach programs.
“I learned that if you empower yourself, you can do so much more, so much more and I can’t stress that enough. Y’all got to get involved! Cause I have come a long way,” says Davis.
Success 4 The Future was launched in 2016. Hill works directly with 50 youth, but has been called on to speak in several Mobile County high schools about being workforce ready. You can learn more about Success 4 The Future on their website: https://www.s4tf.org/