I relocated to Atlanta from Benton Harbor, MI in January 1993, looking for a better life. My journey has been filled with difficulties as well as good times. I didn't finish high school but I did receive my GED. I have worked many jobs in the years that I have been in Atlanta, mostly in the sales and the food industry. I have not been happy with my jobs, and as I got closer to 60 years old, I became less and less satisfied with myself. I thought about my life and realized that I had stopped my own personal growth. My son told me about New Hope Enterprises and I called to set up an appointment in order to change my life and occupation. I was not prepared for the STRIVE program and its "Boot Camp" format, but I found out that I needed that in my life. The program teaches you skills that you can use in the work place and everyday life, and provides the tools to help you achieve your goals. I gained both soft skills and hard skills, and achieved my goal of completing STRIVE and the Microsoft Office Operations program. My next step is to complete the IT Program and begin my new career.
Nancy relocated to Atlanta from Benton Harbor, Mi in January 1993, looking for a better life.
Synethia Howard's success provides a perfect example of how a Westside Works training program can lead to a career.
Synethia Howard's success provides a perfect example of how a Westside Works training program can lead to a career. Childcare has been her passion and she originally pursued a degree in child development at Clark Atlanta University. Synethia enjoys helping children to learn and recognizes that each child learns differently. The Child Development Associate program of the YMCA and Westside Works has taught her about state rules and regulations, the different approaches for teaching various age groups, and mostly to have patience with children and the learning process. The Microsoft Office program was where Synethia began her involvement with Westside Works but she learned that work experience was necessary to get a job once she graduated. The Child Development Associate program provides automatic job training and employment with the YMCA, which has assisted her with taking care of her family. Synethia's goal is to eventually own her own daycare facility so this program has provided her with the first step toward realizing her dream.
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Tangela Taylor graduated from the Levy Culinary Arts program in spring of 2017. She networks with other single mothers and encourages them to consider the culinary program at Westside Works as a viable career option.
Tangela Taylor graduated from the Levy Culinary Arts program in spring of 2017. She is an enthusiastic young woman who plans to enhance her life and her family's life, via the jobs she received after graduation. Currently, Tangela provides food preparation at Georgia State's dining hall as a result of the skillset she learned in the culinary program. Once the Falcons' season begins, she will cook and serve at The Nest restaurant in the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Chef Juliette Peters of Levy Restaurants describes Tangela Taylor as "having the best attitude, pleasant personality and appreciation for having an opportunity to receive Culinary Arts training." Tangela networks with other single mothers and encourages them to consider the culinary program at Westside Works as a viable career option.
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My name is Tony Hill and I am a Westside NET and Westside BRIDGE graduate. My case manager recommended me to the program because I have a learning disability. This job readiness class has helped me to grow professionally......
My case manager recommended me to the NET and BRIDGE program because I have a learning disability. This job readiness class has helped me to grow professionally because I have always been scared to speak in front of people. I now have the courage to walk in a room and not be scared to talk. We were taught soft skills that made me realize all the things I did wrong on previous jobs. Also, I did not know how to use a computer, create a resume or answer questions at a job interview, so my abilities have all been increased. I can now use the computer, I know what to put on my resume, and I'm more comfortable on job interviews. I would tell anyone that the NET and BRIDGE program really works. Before I took this class I did not have money, confidence, food or a job, but now I have all of these things. I work on the Beautification team and love my job! The Integrity staff believes in me, has given me a chance to show how hard I work and I'm so grateful!