Meet Alexis Anderson
On Track as an Entrepreneur
After four years working within the Summer YouthWorks program through Montgomery County, Alexis Anderson is ready for the next phase of her career development.
"My first year, I worked at the Convention Center and did clerical work, which helped me learn how to organize and prioritize things. The second year I spent with Young Dimensions Daycare. I did infant care, taking care of the babies. And then for the last two years I've been at Boonshoft Museum. The variety and the things I have learned through these experiences have prepared me for my future."
Alexis is the first to recognize that the opportunities she's had are major reasons she is ready for a solid career. "A lot of kids don't have the work experience and YouthWorks gives you that ability to allow you to get that experience for when you do get older to become an asset to an employer. I'm willing to do anything that my employer asks me to do. When I work, I'm always on the move."
Through the years, she has learned work skills that will be with her the rest of her life. She knows the importance of being punctual, having a great spirit with a good attitude and an outstanding appearance.
Alexis has her sights set on managing or owning a business someday and is still involved with the YouthWorks program while she attends Sinclair Community College; focusing on Business Administration. "I work at Ritter's Frozen Custard in Kettering and Don Heyne has been the business owner for 13 years. He teaches me the business aspects of being an owner - like taxes, stock, repairs, just different things that a business owner has to do. You know, one main thing that he asked me when I first met him was how you would be able to tell just by physical appearance what would be a good employee. And I told you that's kind of hard because looks can be deceiving so it's based off attitude. Besides a personal interview I told him I would give him a couple of days to show me what they are all about."
Rocky Rockhold, the previous Supervisor of the YouthWorks Program for Montgomery County, knows Alexis has the talent to go far in the business world. "Alexis has such an engaging personality and is the perfect fit for any position that requires customer interaction. She will be great at anything she does in her future."
Alexis has made the most of her learning experience and dreams of running a business someday here in Dayton. She has a Pit Bull named Scotti, three brothers and a new baby sister on the way. She is looking forward to being a role model to the new family addition and to instilling her work ethics and values.