Meet Chanae


Workforce Challenge 

Chanae Boice is a 16-year-old living in West Baltimore and enjoying her second summer employed with a YouthWorks job.

Workforce Solution

In a couple of weeks, she will return to Polytechnic High School to complete the 12th grade. Chanae plans to look into colleges in Pennsylvania and wants to be a Physical Therapist.

Her 2016 YouthWorks job is a Program Intern at Catholic Charities Weinberg Housing and Resource Center. 

WHRC is a low-barrier emergency shelter that provides homeless services to more than 275 adult men and women each night in Baltimore City. Chanae gained social skills, learned how to respond to supervisors and staff in a professional manner and improved her computer knowledge. Some of her jobs were to plan activities for the residents    including playing games with them, managing the daily scheduling, creating flyers for the center, and organizing supplies. 

Outcomes & Benefits

“My experience at YouthWorks has been phenomenal,” said Chanae. “I love the time I am spending at WHRC because they are helping me gain experience in the workforce. Working with the homeless at WHRC made me want to work harder because of who I am working with. They are some of the nicest and happiest people in the world, and they have helped me to not take things for granted. My favorite inspirational quote? Fall down seven times, get up eight.”


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