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Meet Samantha

Workforce Challenge

Samantha, a 17 year old mother, had very limited financial resources, but she wanted to earn her GED so she could attend Nursing school.

Workforce Solution

Samantha discovered Youth Connect, a program that provides services aimed at helping youth to enroll and successfully complete academic or vocational training programs, develop leadership skills, prepare to enroll in Post Secondary education or to enter employment. Youth Connect assisted Samantha with GED preparation, and she passed the test.

After earning her diploma, Samantha enrolled in Galen School of Nursing. Youth Connect provided assistance with books, tuition fees and the staff offered “words of encouragement and support” throughout the process. Upon completing Nursing school Samantha participated in the Paid Work Experience program until she could take her NCLEX exam.

Outcomes & Benefits

Samantha now has her LPN license and a new job. “It's such a great feeling to know that I am now independent and I can take care of my child. I am starting my first job as an LPN on November 29, 2011. I am super excited and cannot wait to gain the new experience,” Samantha shared. Good luck, Samantha!


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