Youth Independent Living Specialist
803-779-5121 ext. 144
As a Youth Independent Living Specialist, Holden assists youth with disabilities in learning essential living skills, and interdependence.
Knowing he is working to help others is important to Holden. That’s what keeps him going every day. He's always strived for equality and including intersectionality in activism and working within the disability rights community has helped him put those into practice. Holden is a person with autism, something he found out at 16. Holden was homeschooled throughout his childhood years. In the process, he learned about java programming, graphic design, and game mechanics design through courses by Youth Digital. He's also taken an advanced course in WWII history through the Great Courses (now called Wondrium), and is certified to teach about the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as completed a curriculum in Supported Decision Making which qualifies him to teach his peers about the topic. He has experience working with nonprofits prior to Able. From age 16-18 he volunteered at his local animal shelter. Holden likes to play chess, write stories (one over 50k words long!) and enjoys both playing and modding video games. He has a fascination with game mechanics, democracy, graphing data, and history.
Holden was previously an Equip Leader with Able SC. Holden is also a youth ambassador for the Center for Youth Voice Youth Choice, an Alumni Representative for AYLF, and a volunteer for the Harvest Hope Food Bank. He was also a part of the AmeriCorps program. And is seeking to use the education fund reward from his service there to get a degree in Social Work, which is his dream for the future.