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Meet Arletys

Workforce Challenge

Arletys moved here from Florida after her mother passed away; she and her 9 and 10 year old siblings lived with cousins in Woodstock. She enrolled in work study at Woodstock High School and needed help finding a job as she took on a great deal of responsibility. With her mother gone she took guardianship of her 9 and 10 year old brother and sister. She went from being a cheerleader with an active social life to a guardian of two children, looking for a way to support her new family.

Workforce Solution

Arletys came to Cherokee Youth Works for assistance. She was very determined to work hard and has accomplished everything she set her mind to, including becoming employed, graduating from high school and being accepted at Kennesaw State University.

With help from Cherokee Youth Works, she enrolled her siblings in the Boys and Girls Clubs Program, applied for government assistance with utilities, furnished her apartment and applied for financial aid for school. Every day she gets her brother and sister to school, goes to classes at KSU, goes to work at Chik-Fil-A, picks her brother and sister up from after-school care, feeds her family, and manages to study for classes. Kevin Williams, the owner of the Canton Chik-Fil-A store states that Ms. Gonzalez does a great job and that he is happy to have her on board.

Outcomes & Benefits

Arletys maturity and determination are quite evident as she has been an advocate for her family. Hers would be an amazing feat for anyone, but it is especially impressive considering Ms. Gonzalez is only 19 years old.

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