In 2016, Andrew Baird (Kimley-Horn Prescott) began volunteering at The Launch Pad Teen Center in his hometown of Prescott, Arizona. Since joining, he has worked alongside local teens to help build confidence and provide a safe space for them to grow. After building a relationship with the organization, Andrew was invited to join the board and serve as President.
The Launch Pad offers an abundance of educational programming, internship opportunities, and recreational activities to help underserved teens get involved in their community and plan for their future. Students can attend after-school tutoring programs, workshops addressing various life skills, recreational field trips, and have access to a free pantry—which includes snacks, hygiene items, and school supplies.
With funds from the Kimley-Horn Foundation, The Launch Pad was able to purchase a bus to transport students to the center. says Andrew. “We don’t want access to the center to set them back from reaching their potential.” Additional funding through the Kimley-Horn Foundation will provide much-needed scholarships to allow students to participate in programmed activities.
Andrew is excited to be involved with a cause he believes in. As a parent, he’s happy knowing that resources like The Launch Pad exist to provide students with support and community.