In May of 2016, I was unemployed and enrolled in the ResCare Workforce Services – TANF Program. Through this program I was informed of services offered by, Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona and ARIZONA @ Work – Youth Services Program (formerly known as YPIC). I attended orientation and enrolled in both programs. Arizona @ Work assigned me an Academic Youth Specialist and together we developed a plan for success.
The first goal was to obtain my GED. Continuing my education with Adult Literacy Plus was the crucial step towards advancing in my life. In class I was surrounded by positive people who motivated me to get things done. Realizing goals were obtainable I remained focused and consistent. By trusting my teachers and mentors I certified as a Child Care Provider, Microsoft Office Specialist, then finally received my High School Equivalency Diploma December 22, 2016! Now I am a student at Arizona Western College who is half way done with obtaining an Associates’ Degree in Business.
In order to enhance my employment opportunities, I continued participating with Arizona @ Work. They allowed me to receive a paid work experience as a Human Resources Assistant at the Crane School District. This opportunity provided me with skills required to get hired full time with Regional Center for Border Health/College of Health Careers, Inc. as an Administrative Assistant. After six months of hard work and self-development, I was then hired as a Youth Specialist for Arizona @ Work. Now I have the opportunity to help others the same way my youth specialists helped me. It is an honor to say that my mentors are now also my coworkers and colleagues. I am still employed as a Youth Specialist and I am blessed with the opportunity to encourage others every day.
These accomplishments are extremely rewarding to me because I am not only a student or employee but also a mother of four wonderful boys. Education has provided me with opportunities I never imagined. In 2017 I was selected from 1500 people to be a member of the Board of Commissioners - Housing Authority of the City of Yuma. On November 30, 2018 the Mesa Heights Apartments – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held. There a plaque with my name was posted that will forever be a part of the Mesa Heights Apartments in Yuma, AZ. It is fulfilling to know that my accomplishments continue to bear fruit.
There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is never too late to begin regardless of your life circumstances or previous mistakes. I am an example that “You set your own limits in life”. At some point not obtaining my GED would have prevented my successes. Receiving my GED was certainly the biggest step in having stability and becoming a positive role model for my children, family, and community. It all started by enrolling at Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona and using the resources provided by our community. I encourage you all to believe in yourself and not take for granted what is there to help. Our wonderful community wants to see you do wonderful things. Thank you Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona.