Transitioning Service Members Work to Assist at Risk Youth

Recently two of our RP/6 Clients Bill and Nicole Harp, opened their own CrossFit gym as a way of creating an outreach for at risk kids in their community. Like many transitioning service members that come to RP/6 they had great ideas but needed assistance connecting with partners in their community to help them bring their dream to reality. Here is their story; “My name is Nicole Harp and my husband and I are both active duty Army officers stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. Originally, I applied to physical therapy and my plan was to go to school full time upon separating from the Army this summer. In January, I met with Francisco at the RP/6, who pointed out to me that my heart might truly lie in non-profit work. I started applying for non-profit jobs and even garnered a job offer from Teach for America. Additionally, Francisco helped my husband and I research the ways in which we one day hoped to open our own CrossFit that would have a non-profit entity providing CrossFit to at risk and high risk youth. When I got rejected from physical therapy school, I realized my heart wasn’t in teaching and that it was time to make the leap with our business. Since that day I walked into the RP/6, I’ve applied for non-profit jobs, interviewed with charter schools and Teach for America, developed a business plan, signed a lease on a gym space in Louisville, and am working towards our dream to transforms lives through physical fitness. My husband is currently applying for jobs in Louisville, and has realized through our work with the gym and with RP/6 that his heart lies in teaching eventually and that he wants to work in the university setting rather than a corporate setting. We cannot wait to open our business this summer: Break the Mold CrossFit, and to fulfill our dream of transforming lives.”-Nicole Harp At RP/6 we want you to break the mold of what you think you have to do and transition into a life that you love rather than one of expectation. To learn more about Bill and Nicole check out this great article in Clarksville now.

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