Success Stories

Meet Benica

Meet Benica ImageAfter she graduated from high school, Benica’s only source of income was as a part-time banquet server with a sporadic weekend schedule.

Meet Kevin


Kevin struggled to secure steady work on his own after being released from a correctional facility.

Meet Angela

Meet Angela

Angela Gillespie, 38, was an unemployed childcare worker looking for a new career path.

Meet Tishia


In 2006, Tishia’s secure home life unraveled when her father and stepmother divorced and her father spiraled into depression.  


Meet Brendon


When Brendon was first hired by the ABC Box Company in 2013, it was his first job.

Meet Rhonda

Meet Rhonda Image

When Rhonda Hammonds first came to the Westside Youth Opportunity (YO) Center in 2008, she had her sights set on a career in the sports/fitness field.   

Meet Sharonda

Meet SharondaIn 2003, Sharonda was an 18-year-old single mother facing multiple challenges.

Meet Marcus

Meet MarcusAs a child, Marcus dreamed of working in the science/math field when he grew up.

Meet Daquan

Meet DaquanEighteen year old Daquan's first YouthWorks summer job was in 2009 when he was assigned to work for Civic Justice Corps at Patapsco Valley State Park.

Meet Leanne


Leanne Tilton had not worked in corporate America in years. Like many people, she decided that caring for her aging parents was more important.