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CA Workforce Investment Board

Green Job, New Chances

Workforce Challenge

A 24 year-old young man had encountered several barriers in his life, including dropping out of high school in the 11th grade, struggling to keep a stable home and being at risk of homelessness. Despite these challenges he returned to school to obtain his high school diploma. While there, he heard about the Green Jobs Corps Program through a family member.

Workforce Solution

The young man visited a One-Stop office and after further exploration, he felt that the Green Jobs Corps Program could help him overcome many of his barriers. He entered the program and was also co-enrolled into the Summer Youth Program. He was placed with the Orange County Labor Federation for community service work. This eager young man has been enthusiastic about the Green Job Corps Program and participated in all of the Vital Link trainings, being recognized by his instructor as a great student with a drive to learn.

Outcomes & Benefits

This program has given him the opportunity to finish his general education, earn his high school diploma and gain valuable work ethics and experience which will help him advance in a future green career. He is currently working at the Bridge, a nonprofit organization, to gain additional work experience. His work with this organization has him assisting in the construction of a ‘green’ playground using recycled materials. He is very enthusiastic about giving back to the community and at the same time gaining the knowledge and skills for a promising career.

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