Takeita Locke is a natural care-taker and nurturer, who is passionate about using her personal life experience to be a positive influence and asset in her community. Takeita spends her time volunteering in her community, providing mentorship and informal counseling and guidance to at-risk youth. She has skills in manual labor but dreams of working for an organization dedicated to prevention and to helping youth succeed without becoming involved in the child welfare and criminal legal systems.
Through classes and on the job training, Takeita has developed proficiency in:
- Office Administration: business communications, record keeping, filing, customer service;
- Custodial Arts: commercial and residential cleaning;
- Conflict Resolution: de-escalation and reconciliation.
Takeita prides herself on being compassionate, dependable and honest, fulfilling her commitments and always contributing positively. She thrives in environments where she can be part of a team, can be curious and learn, and is seeking an entry-level position to gain new skills and expertise and eventually advance. She cares deeply about others and her community, and is looking for an opportunity where she can interface with diverse stakeholders, including at-risk youth, and apply her lived experience to help youth and adults who are struggling to realize their full potential.
- Earned General Education Diploma
- Active Leader in national, first of its kind Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network
- Provides Mentoring and Informal Counseling to youth in her community
- Held a Variety of Jobs including certified Forklift Operator, Office Administrator, Recreational Specialist and Industrial Cleaning Technician
- Skilled Customer Service Manager successfully fulfilled orders and managed payment in fast-paced food service environment, and received accolades from customers for friendliness and timely service
Takeita had a mixed childhood. Both her parents struggled with addiction and she was raised by her great grandmother until she was seven. She lived in housing projects as part of a very close, large extended family, spending time playing with her many cousins and four siblings. Her favorite childhood memories include swimming at the local Boys and Girls Club, riding her bike, and roller skating. She also had a third grade teacher who believed in her and taught her life lessons – such as doing a job to your best ability or not at all, and the importance of teamwork – which she still carries with her today.
Takeita met her 18 year-old boyfriend when she was 13 years old. He was physically abusive and controlling. When she was 17 she was on the premises when her boyfriend killed someone during a drug deal. She was charged, imprisoned and served almost 17 years.
While in prison Takeita mastered the art of adaptability, learned the importance of honesty and forgiveness, and grew to value constructive feedback and criticism. She also committed her time to practicing gratitude, and to focusing on the positive aspects of any situation in order to build character. Since she’s been home, Takeita had discovered the joys of garage sale shopping and trying new cuisines. She has worked hard to restore her close relationships with her siblings, and to navigate being a free woman in the 21st century.