Tarik I. Kindell aka Yung Cantaloupe in tux

Tarik was blessed with a kind and loving spirit which was evident in all he did.

 

When Tarik was seven, he began to learn about the importance of serving others as he accompanied his mother to her volunteer sessions. He volunteered at the YMCA camp his uncle directed in Dumont, New Jersey. He also volunteered at the YMCA in Dunwoody, Georgia, where, as a member of the Leaders Club, he went on a mission trip to Costa Rica. Tarik also went on a mission trip to Nicaragua with Comunidad Connect. These mission trips focused on the health and education of children in those Central American nations. 

 

Tarik attended technology summer camps from the ages of 10 to 16, where he discovered his aptitude in the field of technology. This led him to pursue a degree in computer science at Kennesaw State University. As an avid reader from a very young age, Tarik’s interest in creative writing and the literary arts blossomed while at Kennesaw. He added screenwriters and producers such as Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, to his field of studies.

Tarik began laying the initial concept for a foundation while at college. He discussed wanting to encourage children to develop a love for reading and creative writing. He also discussed wanting to develop and promote insightful and uplifting stories and visual images that would project a more peaceful and prosperous world for all. The Tarik I. Kindell Scholarship Fund was established to help bring those goals into reality and to support the organizations of which Tarik was a part. The Tarik I. Kindell Scholarship fund was established by his mother, Diane Davis, and Tarik’s loved ones. Diane will serve as Administrator, along with a board of directors of Tarik’s closest friends and family members.

 

We encourage friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones to honor Tarik by donating directly to the YMCA Leaders Club, Comunidad Connect, or Kennesaw State University. These programs and institutions were a part of Tarik’s life and, along with his family, had a positive impact on his development and beliefs. When making a donation, please specify that the donation is "in honor of" or "in tribute to" Tarik Irving Kindell. 

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YMCA Leaders Club

YMCA

LEADERS CLUB

Focused on building character,

confidence and inspiring

social responsibility.

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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Support students in the computer science, creative writing, and

literary arts programs.

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TARIK I. KINDELL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established so that Tarik's dreams

may be realized

for other young people.

Thank you for helping to keep Tarik's dreams alive.