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South Bay Workforce Investment Board

Meet Yanet

Workforce Challenge

Nearly a year ago, several Hawthorne police officers knocked on doors to deliver boxes of wrapped Christmas gifts at the Colonial Hotel in Hawthorne. Usually they go there to check on a parolee, or to investigate narcotics sales at the rundown motel where families live in one-bedroom units. HPD took notice of a particular family of 5 that was homeless when they moved into the motel. Hawthorne Police learned that one of their daughters Yanet, then 15 years old, excelled academically.

Workforce Solution

After this visit, the City of Hawthorne, the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and the Hawthorne Police Department were alerted to the needs of Yanet and her family. Yanet was doing well in school, mature beyond her years, and had a kind, humble nature. She qualified for the Youth program through the SBWIB.

Outcomes & Benefits

The City of Hawthorne helped the family secure stable housing and the SBWIB placed Yanet in a paid internship with the Hawthorne Police Department. Yanet is able to help support her family financially; she is an active member in the Hawthorne Teen Center Leadership Program where she plans events and activities for youth in our community, and Yanet still maintains a 4.1 GPA at Hawthorne High School. Yanet plans on attending Harvard University.

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