Meet Esperanza

Story submitted by: Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

Esperanza was finding it difficult to keep a steady job due to her constant change of residence. She was going back in forth from home to home until she decided that she needed to do something more than just having a part time job.

Workforce Solution

Through the Southeast Los Angeles County WIB (SELACO WIB) Esperanza 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. Esperanza began training as a Medical Assistant, a high-growth field with plenty of job opportunities.

Outcomes & Benefits

Esperanza completed her medical assisting course and obtained her National Medical Assistant certificate. She is currently working at a medical office fulfilling her course of study through a required externship, a placement she worked very hard to obtain. Esperanza is focused on maintaining a steady residence and will search for full time employment once her externship is complete. She continues to receive support from Community Youth Corps during the completion of her training.

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