Kennede Reese

Hi! My name is Kennede and I am a 17-year-old senior at an all-girls Catholic high school in Denver, Colorado.

I am a military daughter, and I was born on the Army Base Ft. Lewis in Tacoma Washington. The military moved my family around quite a bit, and I have also lived in Maryland, California, and two years in Vancouver British Columbia Canada. I have a baby sister, younger brother, and older brother. My siblings and I are close. We moved to Colorado in 2003, and now I call Denver, Colorado home.

Growing up a military kid made it really hard to have long lasting friendships because we moved every few years. That is probably why I have such a love for books and music, they were in a sense my best friends for many years. I am an avid reader, and have a secret passion for Harry Potter and Anime. I love all kinds of music, and really like untapped artists. I’m not a big television watcher, but I do enjoy game shows and America’s Next Top Model reruns. Although I am not super athletic, I have played tennis, soccer, and this year I am running on the cross country team. My friends and family describe me as easy going, funny, dependable, supportive, caring, original and authentic.

I have a passion for volunteering in my community, and have been doing consistently so since middle school.  My mom taught me to be civic-minded at a very young age, and I also have an innate sense of service. I have volunteered with the Children’s Hospital of Denver for over 5 years and serve on their teen volunteer advisory board. I also volunteered with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver as a Youth Program Assistant Instructor afterschool empowerment program.

More recently, I have immersed myself into everything Girl Up! I started the first Girl Up club in Colorado, SMARRTT Girl a little over a year ago and have been working very diligently in getting the word out about Girl Up. My future goals are to get into a college with a great biology program, study pharmacy and global health, and eventually volunteer for the Peace Corps as a pharmacist in a developing country where I can be of service in providing needed medications. I have learned so much from my experience with Girl Up and it has been a true blessing in my life. My wish in my role as a Teen Advisor is to give back to Girl Up as much as they have given me!