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Committed to Change

Workforce Challenge

Involved in gangs and committing crimes on the streets at a very early age, this young man found himself in the custody of the California Youth Authority at the age of 15 for a gang-related drive-by shooting. After serving two years, the young man realized he wanted to change his life.

Workforce Solution

By entering the Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) Fresno Local Conservation Corps, he started this change by earning his High School Diploma through EOC’s School of Unlimited Learning. His commitment to live his life in a different way was demonstrated as he went on to obtain his driver’s license, earn two AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling $7,087.50, participate in an on-the-job training opportunity, and practice the life skills that would help him become a productive member of the community.

Outcomes & Benefits

He currently works at the Local Conservation Corps on an irrigation crew. He is very thankful for the opportunity and plans to stay at the Corps to further his education and gain a supervisor position. Recently married and attending college, he hopes to work as a motivational speaker and inspire at-risk youth and young adults to change their lives.


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