Kenneth is the only male on the East Detroit High School cheer team. Having been voted Homecoming King last year and elected to the Prom Court this year, he says he has successfully navigated through the common struggles bisexual teens face during high school. But, conflict arises when he returns home to encounter his mother's conservative boyfriend who is the father to his three younger brothers.
Up at 6:00 A.M. everyday, Kenneth walks a mile to school in order to eat a free breakfast provided by the Community Eligibility Option, a meal plan implemented in East Detroit Public Schools by the National School Lunch Breakfast program.
"I understand some people have problems going on and they use bullying to deflect from themselves, but why would you want to put someone through the pain that you already went through?"
"A lot of my family didn't graduate high school and I want to graduate because I want to do something that didn't get done in the past."
Never graduating high school, Kenneth's mom does her best to provide for her four sons, Kenneth, Kyle, Kris and Kolby.
"I know some people's parents go to every game, but for me- seeing her [my mother] at one game brightens my whole day. It makes me so happy."
Kenneth's mom expresses her concerns that her boyfriend will not accept Kenneth's sexuality.
Kenneth, age 17, Kyle and Kris, age 12, and Kolby, age 5, share the same mother, but have different fathers. Tyrone, father of Kyle, Kris and Kolby, and current boyfriend of Pam, sleeps on the couch and rarely speaks with Kenneth.
Kenneth describes his father as scandalous. One of five children, Kenneth says, "[he and the other kids] receive a little bit of child support, but it's nothing compared to actually having [his father] be there for him."
In addition to cheerleading, Kenneth runs track, serves as the treasurer for the student government and is actively involved in East Detroit's theater program.
"Keep doing you, don't let anyone bring you down, because you set the goals for yourself, you can reach the sky."