Success Stories

Meet Donte

Donte Brown

Donte was not able to complete high school at Coppin Academy as he had planned. “It wasn’t a good environment for me to learn in,” Donte Brown said. 

Meet Angel

Angel Barrios

“I was in the tenth grade at Western High School and due to some family problems, I couldn’t continue there. I ended up in a community placement from 2004 to 2010,” Angel Barrios shared. Angel began attending a local GED class but did not complete the program. She was mostly hanging out with friends, who were drinking and leading a negative lifestyle. Angel knew she wanted more out of life than that and really wanted to pursue her goal of being a nurse.

Meet Kendra

Kendra

While trying to keep up with school and a part-time job, Kendra was also about to age out of foster care.  She had lived at the Board of Child Care for 10 years and moved into an Independent Living program that provides support services to youth ages 14 to 21, designed to transition youth from foster care to self-sufficiency.  Between school loans and apartment needs, Kendra was struggling to make ends meet.

Meet Khadija

Khadija

“Even at the slightest bump in the road, I get nervous. And that gets me motivated,” Khadija Murray said.

In 2010 Khadija gave birth to her daughter – the year before she was supposed to graduate high school. This may have been a deterrent for some students but Khadija thought, “I had a pet peeve about being a statistic when I was pregnant. I didn’t want to be a statistic, so I had to finish school.”

 

Meet 1st Choice

On September 28, 2016,
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st Choice Staffing held a recruitment event in the1st Choice
East Baltimore community at the Eastside One-Stop Career Center. Recruiters Kim Roane and Stanna Davis worked with Business Services staff from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development to secure interview space, promote the jobs and assist job seekers with the 1st Choice application process.  

Meet Wandalee

Wandalee Spekis' Photo

Wandalee Spekis was unemployed and needed a fresh start. She always wanted to work in the cyber security field but didn’t have the training or knowledge of where to begin.   

Meet Talayiah

Talayia Bowen

Talayia has had to adhere to her own advice in order to get where she is today. After years of struggling, including bouts of homelessness, she has earned her GED and several certifications, attends college and is gainfully employed in the IT  industry.

 

Meet Regina

Regina Webster Photo

After graduating from Morgan State University, Regina Webster got married, relocated to Florida and worked at various construction companies in her area. She later returned to Baltimore due to unexpected family circumstances and found herself out of work. 

Meet Na'Thaia

Na'Thaia

Na’Thaia applied for a summer job through YouthWorks and was invited to be part of the Hire One Youth initiative, the private-sector component of Baltimore City’s summer jobs program. She didn’t really feel like attending the required job readiness training and figured that she would most likely be offered something through YouthWorks. “My sister received her worksite assignment promptly, and for weeks after that I still didn’t know if I would be offered a job at all. 

Meet Darian

Darian Boone

In 2010 Darian Boone stopped going to school at Merganthaler Vocational – Technical High School (Mervo) for a variety of reasons; Mervo just wasn’t a good match for him. Darian spent several years trying to get back into a Baltimore City public school until he became too old to enroll. 

During those years Darian was employed most of the time, working in restaurants and as a banquet server for Centerplate at the Baltimore Convention Center. Then he realized, “I need more of an education to advance my pay rate; I need to get motivated.” 

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