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Jet Hood

Jet is a re-payer. As a teenage mom in the 1970s, Jet was able to access community services she needed to continue her education.

“I had access to the right help at the right time,” said Jet, who is now the chair of Women United, a volunteer group of women through United Way of Treasure Valley.

As a young mom with little means, child care support made earning a bachelor’s degree possible through night classes. And, behavioral and mental health support meant a mother and daughter could thrive, together.

Jet was able to use her education to build a successful career in business.

“A result of that education meant not having to make hard choices, like deciding between buying food or gas, or paying the phone bill or purchasing basic hygiene supplies,” Jet said.

Now, Jet wants to give back to the community, to ensure other teenage moms have access to opportunities like she did.

“Giving back to the community is the rent for your time on the planet,” Jet said.

Jet + United Way = Mental health support for all.