Braxton Shepherd | Jefferson High School Construction Program
Braxton Shepherd is a man on a mission. And that mission involves building homes for families who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
Braxton graduated from Jefferson High School in May 2018. He attended school since first grade in Greeley-Evans School District 6. It was during high school that he began to struggle. He even considered dropping out, but his mom convinced him to try something different.
Braxton transferred to Jefferson High School, an alternative program. Although he was nervous at first, it didn’t take long for the school to feel like home. He found his family.
A friend told him about the Construction Management program at Jefferson. The program works in partnership with Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity, building homes alongside families and Habitat staff. Through that program, Braxton grew as a person and discovered his passion.
“I was never able to set my mind to something and get decent at it,” Braxton said. “When I found out that I was decent at this and could enjoy doing it, that helped me a lot.”
Braxton ended up doing an internship at Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity, and is now pursuing a certification in welding while working at UNI Design in Greeley.
Working with Habitat for Humanity was the most fulfilling experience of his young life, and it put him on a path to success.
“It’s heartwarming and it is reassuring knowing you really helped out a family, and that you can make a difference in your community,” Braxton said. “It makes me cry at every dedication I am at. When you know you put a house together and bettered someone’s life, that is an amazing feeling.”