Meet Ariell

Story submitted by: Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

As the oldest child in her family, Ariell helped her parents care for two younger siblings, both of whom had special needs and frequent illnesses. Although she had finished high school, attending college was not an option because of her family responsibilities; her parents relied heavily on Ariell as a caregiver. As a resident of southeast LA, where there was a high crime rate, daily life was very challenging for Ariell and her family.

Workforce Solution

Through the Southeast Los Angeles County WIB (SELACO WIB) Ariell was an eligible youth who, as part of the Community Youth Corps, was one of the few selected to receive funds from the CalGRIP grant. This funding targets at-risk youth who reside in areas with high gang activity to provide job training and other resources. Via the grant, Ariell entered training to become a certified medical assistant. It was a natural choice for someone who was already a caregiver.

Outcomes & Benefits

Ariell enrolled and completed the Medical Assisting program in a short period of time. Recently, she fulfilled her externship hours, and passed the National Medical Assisting Certification test. The Community Youth Corps provided support during her training. Ariell is now prepared to enter the job market as a medical assistant.

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