The smiles were plentiful and with good reason as Cristin Felso, Teen Services Executive Director, welcomed teens, family members, staff, board members and friends to celebrate the accomplishment of 15 amazing teens.
Over the past seven weeks, despite the disruption of classes due to our tragic fires, these young people diligently participated in a series of after-school workshops to learn the skills needed for securing their first jobs. They gained self-confidence; learned about the application and hiring process, money management, and customer service; completed their first resumes; and participated in mock interviews with local business professionals.
Each graduating teen has now been assigned a personal coach and will be completing an action plan as part of the Ready to Work process. Coaches will work with their teens through the job search and placement processes and will continue to support them for the first 90 days of employment.
Cristin acknowledged the incredible network of employers who provide that crucial first work experience that empowers our teens and thanked all those who have supported the teens and the Ready to Work program. Special recognition was given to RTW facilitator, Jennifer Blackwood; RTW Manager, Gabby Petersen; the volunteer employment coaches; and, of course, the graduates:
Sophie Armer, Michel Bernal, Maggie Castro, Yaquelyn Cruz, Nick Diaz, Silvia Flores, Georgia Griffin, Fernando Hernandez, Amanda Horn. Gabby Knudsen, Andrea Labrador, Itzel Montes, Luis Ortiz, Sandy Pulido, James Sorrells
Teen Services is extremely grateful to MacArthur Place, Saddles Restaurant, and Director of Food and Beverage, David Daniel and his staff for generously donating the venue, sound system, and set-up for this special event.