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Phoenix Workforce Connection

Meet Gabbie

Workforce Challenge

Gabbie was a 19 year old Native American young woman when she enrolled in the youth program through Arizona Women's Education & Employment (AWEE) two and a half years ago. At the time, she was a senior in high school with a 5 month old baby. Gabbie had been in and out of households with her mother who struggled with addiction and periodic imprisonment. Ever since Gabbie started the youth program, she has dreamed of a job in health care.

Workforce Solution

AWEE has supported Gabbie with basic skills tutoring and a connection to the youth summer employment program. She also completed work readiness training with AWEE. Gabbie has been exposed to the process of college enrollment and has completed volunteer work and office training through the AWEE office. Additionally, she has received a number of supportive services including transportation as well as emergency food and clothing assistance.

Outcomes & Benefits

Despite the many obstacles Gabbie faced (absentee parents, struggles with addiction, domestic violence, poverty), she has held on to her dream. She has not allowed any of the obstacles to become an excuse. Gabbie completed her high school diploma and has since enrolled in college where she is studying to become a medical assistant. Gabbie is an excellent role model and displays determination that any one of us would be lucky to embody. Good luck, Gabby.

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