Kendrick is a Chicago native who began working with youth while studying at Southern Illinois University. He was a tutor/mentor for students in Trio-Upward Bound, a national college prep program. As a student/athlete, Kendrick also coached YMCA and park district track teams. He spent his last two semesters of university in France taking on the role of an English Co-teacher.
Kendrick's experience as a para-professional and substitute teacher led him to New Orleans College Prep where he was an Assistant Dean of Students. He joined YEP and has found his niche working with students and other young adults at Bike Works part of the Tragifura Work and Learn Center.