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Meet our 2015 Summer Youth Program All Stars

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How has RochesterWorks! helped you?

"RochesterWorks! taught me about being on time, going to work every day, dressing appropriately, interacting with people, and handling people’s computer issues in such a way as to make them feel calm and confident that the issue would be resolved ASAP." - Matt
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Training Grant Success Story

Meet Allie… Allie is a 20 year old RochesterWorks! customer who recently used the RochesterWorks! training grant to complete the 4 month Machining with CNC Fundamentals program at Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES. Machine Operation is a demand occupation in the Rochester area (meaning that there are plenty of Machinist jobs in our area!), but positions are typically held by males. Not only was Allie the only female in her class and at her internship, but she finished the program at the top of her class! Way to go, Allie! With local companies like Gleason and Caldwell Manufacturing hiring Machinists right now, Allie is sure to find a position in her chosen career.

Youth Navigator Success Stories

Fabrialle M. began the Urban League of Rochester’s YouthBuild Navigator Program in the Fall of 2015.  While enrolled in TASC class she increased on the Post-TABE test.  She then became OSHA-10 Construction Safety and Health Certified, earned the Basics of Building Science Certificate, and the Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Training (PACT).  In February 2015, she participated in the RochesterWorks! Interviews That Get You the Job Workshop.  At that time, she began a paid internship through US Ceiling Corps.  Subsequently, in March 2015, Fabrialle was hired as a full-time employee by US Ceiling Corps.

"My name is Jacqueline and I have been on my own for a very long time. My mother died when I was 15 years old and I had no one else.  I was homeless and had to stay at lots of shelters. Growing up was very hard for me. I could remember having nowhere to go and no food to eat. It took me a very long time to get my life together. Finding out about The Center for Youth helped me do so. I dropped out of school in the 11th grade because I had trouble with living situations and had to find a job. Now I have my GED thanks to all the staff at The Center for Youth and the tutors that were very patient and helpful. While enrolled in the WIA youth program I completed the PCA (Personal Care Aide) program. I also went from living in different shelters every month to now having my own house and paying my own rent with the money I make from working without any DSS help, which I am very proud of. I have my permit--thanks to the Center for Youth for helping with that--and I will be getting my driver's license at the end of next month. So overall I'm grateful for where I am and where I have come from and most importantly I'm thankful for everyone at The Center for Youth." -Jacqueline, Center for Youth Program Participant

What did you like most about the Summer Youth Employment Program?

“My favorite part of the Summer Youth Employment Program was learning as well as working. It’s been a great experience. At first I came in so nervous, but it has prepped me for a year-round job. ” - Angela, SYEP 2014

“Growing up I had to rely a lot on myself. The Summer Youth Employment Program helped me to figure out that you can rely on other people. It also gave me the experience to figure out how to get where I want to be.” - John, SYEP 2014

“My favorite part of the summer program was developing my own business. I created a sports drink called Infinity Sports Drink. I also learned how to handle myself under pressure and I was able to develop my public speaking skills.” - Sha-Ron, SYEP 2014

“I appreciate that people took the time to consider my generation and our future. Everyone really took time to work with us and I feel lucky to have had this experience.” - Kaniya, SYEP 2014

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